Iran fires 'revenge' missiles at USA troop bases in Iraq

Darnell Taylor
January 13, 2020

After the Iranian missile attacks, the State Department issued a travel notice calling on Indian nationals to "avoid all non-essential trips to Iraq until further notice".

Crude oil prices soared and US stock futures plunged late Tuesday following reports that Iran fired multiple missiles at USA airbases in Iraq, triggering fears of a more serious escalation in the Middle East.

Iran struck Al-Asad airbase in western Iraq, which houses USA troops, in the early hours of Wednesday.

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".

Vance says the decision to withdraw an unspecified number of troops was made alongside North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Canada's allies to ensure their safety and security.

He said: "We condemn this attack on Iraqi military bases hosting coalition - including British - forces".

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

Iranian state television said Iran fired 15 missiles at two USA bases in Iraq at around 1.30am local time (10.30pm GMT).

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

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"My guess is he's going to say something like "what we did was in proportion to what the Iranians have been doing and if they play nice, we'll play nice" and we will go back to the proxy war we've been having with Iran for the last few years".

In the wake of the killing, Iran announced that it will no longer be bound by the 2015 nuclear agreement and vowed to retaliate against the U.S., its allies and American interests, and leave "bodies of Americans" throughout the region.

Denmark, which has about 130 soldiers in Iraq, said no Danish soldiers were wounded or killed in the attack on Ain al-Asad, the largest airbase where US-led coalition troops are based.

It houses about 1,500 USA and coalition forces. Vice president Mike Pence has also visited the base. Brent oil futures slid off a four-month peak hit in frenzied early trade soon after the Iranian attack.

It also came as the U.S. continued to reinforce its own positions in the region and warned of an unspecified threat to shipping from Iran in the Middle East waterways, crucial routes for global energy supplies.

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

A stampede broke out on Tuesday at Gen Soleimani's funeral, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured, Iranian news reports said.

"If it does look like we've got USA casualties, then I don't think Trump is going to just stand back and take that", said Matt Simpson, a senior market analyst at Gain Capital in Singapore.

"I think the big question is, what will be the U.S's response?" Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Assad in Syria on Tuesday amid the tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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