The Middle East crisis is hotting up. After the killing of General Suleimani near Baghdad airport, Iran’s Islamic Republic has retaliated.
This seems to be in retaliation for the American airstrike that killed the general. CNN has reported that this attack signifies President Donald Tump is faced with the greatest test of his presidency thus far.
No immediate reports of any casualties are reported.
The US military has confirmed that airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province was struck at least six times. The Pentagon also confirmed that at least another base in the northern city of Erbil was targeted in the attack which commenced 1:30 AM around. The Khaleej Times has reported more than a dozen missiles were fired by Tehran
An upbeat tone was struck by the president in the immediate wake of the attacks.
The Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Twitter which Iran has carried out this attack as a”proportionate measures in self-defense.
It’s not clear whether any further action will be taken by Iran . The general headed the elite al-Quds Force. The IRGC has a strength of about 150,000 and is trained and better armed than the army. The al-Quds force that was commanded by Suleimani has a power of about 5000 and is positioned in Iraq.
No report of death or any damage has been reported. The United States has said it worked on an assessment of the damage and said that the bases were on high alert. An Iranian response was anticipated after the killing of the entire world.
Iran has signaled that if the USA does not retaliate there would be no further attacks.
This may be concluded from the statement of the Iranian foreign minister who has said that this attack was a proportional response.
House aircraft and US troops. The American forces in Iraq number about 5,000 and they are apparently there to train fight ISIS as well as the Iraqi forces. Matters are compounded with a non-binding resolution being passed by the parliament asking for the withdrawal of foreign troops.
President Trump is facing a crisis. He had earlier indicated that Iran sites would be also targeted by the US but it seems that he has backtracked from this danger.