According to a report from the Pentagon, Iran fired more a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces in retaliation for General Qassem Soleimani’s death last week.
Ain al-Asad base in Anbar province and a base in Erbil were both hit on Wednesday following the continuous tension between Iran and the U.S. in what could turn out to be a major war that may not be able to be contained solely to the Middle East.
Iran’s missile attacks on US targets in Iraq was the first step and Tehran will not spare American troops, Iranian state TV quoted a Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commander as saying.
“The missile attacks today were just the first step (US President Donald) should think about withdrawing its troops from the region and not to leave them within our reach,” Iranian state TV quoted the commander as saying, while keeping him anonymous.
Iranian telecommunication minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi sent out a tweet that leaves nothing to be misunderstood.
President Trump has yet to respond publicly in anyway. but former Vice President and 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden refused to comment on the conflict at this time.
I’m going to hold off on commenting on the news tonight until we know more, but there is one thing I will say: Jill and I are keeping our troops and Americans overseas in our prayers. We hope you’ll keep them in yours.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 8, 2020
Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) is planning to ban U.S. carriers from operating n the airspace over Iraq, Iran, the Gulf of Oman and the waters between Iran and Saudi Arabia after today’s attack.
It is unclear whether or not President Trump will retaliate as he tweeted earlier this week, but any further escalation in this conflict can almost guarantee an all out war that could arguably spread around the world.