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Wednesday, 8 January 2020
Iran answered Trump with a missile strike

Iran's defiant volley of ballistic missile attacks on Iraqi bases hosting American forces significantly quickened a cycle of escalation that threatens to erupt into a full blown war with the United States.

In effect, Iran called Donald Trump's bluff, dismissing his warnings that it should not respond to his own massively provocative move of killing the Islamic Republic's top general.
Iran's attack appeared to shatter the talking points of Trump's political allies that his targeted strike against Qasem Soleimani had reestablished deterrence. Far from stopping a war as Trump promised, last week's attack may have started one.
While the missile strikes represented rare direct fire between Iran and the US, they were not as potent as they might have been given Soleimani's talismanic importance to the Iranian regime. If Trump interprets them that way, it could open an avenue to limit the escalation of the current crisis.

Posted by thenewseum at 6:58 AM EST
Iran attacked US military basis in Iraq with ballistic missiles
Mood:  don't ask

Iran retaliated for the killing of a top general by firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi air bases housing U.S. forces on Wednesday local time.

Washington and Tehran both confirmed that Iran was the source of the missiles. The extent of any causalities or damage was immediately unclear.

Later, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the strikes were a "slap in the face" to the U.S. and not sufficient retaliation for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.

President Donald Trump said that the damage and casualties from the strikes were being assessed and that he would be making a statement sometime Wednesday morning. Without providing further details he tweeted that "all is well!" and "so far, so good!"

All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.

Posted by thenewseum at 6:46 AM EST

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