Iran Strikes Iraqi Bases Housing American Troops

Iran Strikes Iraqi Bases Housing American Troops

1:28pm Jan 08, 2020
Iranian mourners stand on a bridge during the final stage of funeral processions for military leader Qassem Soleimani. He was killed on January 3 in a drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump, ratcheting up tensions with Iran which struck two Iraqi
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Iranian missiles struck two Iraqi airbases that held American troops early Wednesday morning.

The Iranian government said the ballistic missile attack was in response to an American drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani last Friday.

President Donald Trump tweeted: “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!”

The Pentagon said there were no American casualties immediately reported, though Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps reported at least 80 American deaths.

Shortly after the incident, Iranian foreign minister Mohamed Javad Zarif tweeted, in part: “We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.”

How should we understand this strike? What actions might American officials take next?

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Alireza Nader, Senior fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies; @AlirezaNader

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