Missiles attack: Iraq military says no Iraqi casualties, silent on US troops

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Iranian state TV said it was in revenge for the USA killing of General Qassem Soleimani, whose death last week in an American drone strike near Baghdad prompted angry calls to avenge his killing.

American authorities said casualties were "few, if any", while the Ministry of Defence said there were no British casualties.

THE UK has called for calm and urged Iran not to carry out further "reckless and dangerous" attacks after Tehran fired missiles at military bases in Iraq hosting British and USA troops.

Iran's long-term goal of a sphere of influence might be jeopardized if it attacks too aggressively, said John Vail, chief global strategist at Nikko Asset Management in Tokyo.

US President Donald Trump said to expect a statement later Wednesday.

He tweeted earlier today: "All is well!"

In Tehran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the missile strike on the U.S. bases in Iraq a "slap in the face" of the Americans, adding that military retaliation is not sufficient.

"What is important is that the corruptive presence of the United States in this region must end".

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

Iran's foreign minister has said "we do not seek escalation or war".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was 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. When the early reports indicated no United States casualties, he tweeted "All is well" and he'll talk to people in the morning. "They're not going to stop at one attack", Miller said.

An explosion is seen following missiles landing at what is believed to be Ain al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, in this still image taken from a video shot on January 8, 2020.

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More than 5,000 USA troops remain in Iraq along with other foreign forces in the coalition that have trained and supported Iraqi forces against the threat of Islamic State militants.

But the details have been scarce, and Democrats have called for more information to be made public about the threat posed to United States forces by Soleimani. The US also acknowledged another missile attack targeting a base in Irbil in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi called the missile strike that killed General Qasem Soleimani a "blatant attack on the nation's dignity".

"After four to five hours it was said that the letter was wrong".

A total of 22 missiles have hit two bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq but there were no Iraqi casualties, according to Iraq's military.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the target bases were al-Assad Air Base and another facility in Erbil, Iraq.

The Leader's comments came a few hours after the IRGC fired a volley of missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq, making good on its promise of harsh revenge for the martyrdom of General Soleimani. Vice president Mike Pence has also visited the base.

"As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend USA personnel, partners, and allies in the region", Hoffman said.

Oil pared gains during the session on rising doubts that Iran would strike back in a way that would disrupt oil supplies.

Oil prices spiked more than 3 percent on Friday as traders weighed possible forms of Iranian retaliation, which could disrupt crude flows in the Middle East.

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

Earlier, at Soleimani's funeral in Iran on Tuesday, top Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami had vowed "revenge". Shortly after the missile attack, Gen Soleimani's shroud-wrapped remains were lowered into the ground.

One source said early indications were of no USA casualties, while other US officials declined to comment.



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