Iran says missile attacks on US targets were 'legitimate self-defense'

Daniel Fowler
January 13, 2020

Over the last two months, U.S. troops and even the embassy in Baghdad had been targeted in more than a dozen rocket attacks that Washington blamed on pro-Tehran groups, but none had been claimed.

The conflict between US-Iran escalated further after Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting bases where US military and coalition forces are stationed in Iraq.

Iranian officials said Tehran did not want a war and its strikes "concluded" its response to Friday's killing of Qassem Soleimani, a powerful general whose burial after days of mourning was completed around the time of the missile launches.

It says: "Indian nationals residing in Iraq are advised to be vigilant and avoid traveling within Iraq".

The White House said earlier Tuesday that it had noticed the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq, saying that President Donald Trump is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.

He tweeted earlier today: "All is well!"

Trump offered no immediate indication of whether he would retaliate, and stayed out of sight as news of the missile strikes emerged.

"The corrupt presence of the U.S. in the region should come to end", he said.

Mourners holding posters of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani attend a funeral ceremony for him and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) Square in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 6, 2020.

"There is concern that the next move may be aimed at the United States mainland in the form of a cyber attack".

"There seems to be an emerging dialog along the lines that it's not in the Iranians' interest to lash out and attack oil infrastructure", said Bob Yawger, director of futures at Mizuho in NY.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to speak later on Wednesday, state television reported.

The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport and mechanical issues were suspected, the report said.

Iran initially announced only one missile strike, but USA officials confirmed both. "They're not going to stop at one attack", Miller said.

In a letter to the United Nations, the U.S. says it is ready to engage "in serious negotiations" with Iran to prevent global peace being broken. It also threatened Israel.

A statement read: "We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted".

"There were no victims among the Iraqi forces", it added, but did not mention whether or not there were casualties among foreign troops. The US also acknowledged another missile attack targeting a base in Irbil in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

A spokesman for Abdul-Mahdi said on Monday that Iraq might demand the removal of American combat forces but not "training and logistical support for the Iraqi military". Four failed, said the officials. Vice president Mike Pence has also visited the base.

The missile strikes happened a few hours after crowds in Iran mourned Gen Soleimani at his funeral. In all some 800 Canadian troops are in the Middle East.

USA embassies and consulates from Asia to Africa and Europe issued security alerts for Americans.

In Germany, yields on the 10-year government bond rose to -0.247%, still far below a seven-month high of -0.157% hit on January 2, just before the killing of the Iranian general.

One source said the early indications had no USA casualties, while other United States officials declined to comment. Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Assad in Syria on Tuesday amid the tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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