Iran on Wednesday fired missiles toward two Iraqi military bases hosting American forces in retaliation for the recent killing of a top Iranian general by the us military, further raising fears of an all-out military conflict.
The twin attacks in the early hours of Wednesday local time caused "very few, if any" causalities at the bases, an unnamed U.S. official told the Associated Press.
"We urge Iran not to repeat these reckless and unsafe attacks, and instead to pursue urgent de-escalation".
"Vice President Pence was briefed on Iran's attacks on bases hosting USA military and coalition forces in Iraq".
"Our action was a legitimate self-defense and the United States should avoid assessing it based on illusions", Zarif said. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces & interests in the region. US President Donald Trump visited the Al Asad airbase in 2018.
"President Trump has shown an incredible amount of restraint in the face of Iranian aggression ... but, he has said, and Secretary Pompeo has said, 'Any attempt to harm American lives, any attempt to injure or kill Americans, would not be tolerated'".
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In other developments on Tuesday, a senior Iranian official said that Tehran was considering 13 scenarios to avenge his killing.
While the attacks marked the latest escalation with Tehran in the precarious aftermath of a US drone strike that killed the top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, they appeared to open the door to reducing tensions after it became clear that no American forces were killed.
State TV described it early Wednesday as Tehran's revenge operation over the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Some 5,000 U.S. soldiers are deployed in Iraq as part of the global coalition against the IS terror group.
"I think the big question is, what will be the U.S's response?"
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