UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US President Donald Trump says “everything is fine” after Iranian missiles hit Iraqi military bases where US military forces are stationed.
“All is well! Missiles were fired from Iran against two military bases in Iraq. Assessment of casualties and damage is now under way. ! I’ll make a statement tomorrow morning, “Trump wrote on Twitter during the late hours of last night.
Trump’s comment came hours after Iran fired dozens of ballistic missiles against the US military and coalition forces in Iraq.
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the missiles were fired from Iran and targeted at least two military bases in Iraq that house US soldiers and coalition personnel in Al-Assad and Erbil.
Later, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Tehran had “inferred proportionate measures” in response to last week’s US assassination of Quds Iranian elite Qasem Soleimani, adding that Tehran did not is seeking a war with the US.
“Iran has taken and concluded proportionate self-defense measures under Article 51 of the UN Charter, targeting the base from which the cowardly armed attack against our citizens and senior officials was launched,” Zarif wrote on Twitter, adding that “we do not seek escalation or war, but we will defend ourselves against any aggression.”
Following the attacks, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it would ban US carriers from flying in airspace over Iraq, Iran, the Gulf of Oman and the waters between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
In addition, Trump also held talks with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and thanked him for Qatar’s strong partnership with the US.
“The president and the Emir discussed the situation in Iraq and Iran, as well as critical bilateral and regional issues,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.
On Friday, Soleimani was killed in a US air strike near the Baghdad International Airport.
The operation was the culmination of allegations between the US and Iranian-backed forces that began with the killing of a US contractor at a US base in Iraq late last month.
The US retaliated with air strikes on Iranian-backed militias that the US claims are responsible for carrying out the attack, killing dozens. The US embassy in Baghdad was then attacked by a group of angry militants and demonstrators.
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