Iran Claims Missile Strikes Conclude Its Response To Soleimani’s Death

Pieces of missiles are seen at the rural area of Al-Baghdadi town after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) targeted Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq, a facility jointly operated by U.S. and Iraqi forces, in E... Pieces of missiles are seen at the rural area of Al-Baghdadi town after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) targeted Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq, a facility jointly operated by U.S. and Iraqi forces, in Erbil, Iraq on January 08, 2020. (Photo by Al-Baghdadi township / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 8, 2020 7:33 a.m.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif stated that Tehran had “concluded” its retaliatory attacks against the U.S. on Tuesday night after it fired over a dozen missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American troops are based.

President Trump is expected to address the attacks in an address Wednesday morning.

The Pentagon has not yet confirmed whether there were any casualties. However, Iraqi defense officials told the New York Times that nobody had been killed in the attacks.

Zarif tweeted that the missiles were “proportionate measures in self-defense” in response to the U.S.’ “cowardly armed attack,” in which President Donald Trump had Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani assassinated via drone strike.

“We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” he wrote.

“All is well!” Trump tweeted after the strikes. “Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now.”

“So far, so good!” he added.

CNN reported on Wednesday morning that Trump administration officials believe Iran had deliberately avoided hitting areas where Americans are staying when it fired at the bases, thereby merely sending the U.S. a warning rather than a push for war.

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