In a retaliatory move against the US airstrikes that killed the Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, Iran on Wednesday has fired a number of missiles at two Iraqi bases that were housing the US troops. The move has brought down all the hopes of resolving the ongoing US-Iran feud.
Iran attack on the US troops, despite innumerable warnings by President Trump, has brought shockwaves in the country. The al-Asad airbase, which houses US troops, and American and coalition forces in the town of Erbil, were the two bases that were attacked by Iranian missiles.
Though no US causalities were reported from the attack, it appears that the escalating US-Iran conflicts is gradually becoming a big evaluation of the president’s leadership and a big challenge to his policies to resolve the conflicts.
Likewise, no casualties were noted amongst the Iraqi military forces in the initial assessment of Iran attack, although the impact of the strikes is underway. Declaring themselves safe, the Iraqi military said, “Between 1:45 a.m. and 2:45 a.m., Iraq came under an attack of 22 missiles.”
“All missiles struck coalition bases.”
A statement from Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi said that Iraq received “an official verbal message” from Iran about the missile attack shortly before midnight on Wednesday.
Mahdi said that Iraq was told, “The strike would be limited to the whereabouts of the US military in Iraq, without giving the exact location.” Once they received the warning, Iraqi military leaders were warned “to take the necessary precautions.”
But the question is how long will both the US and Iran continue the approach of attacks and retaliation? The ongoing hostile and aggressive actions have only burdened the citizens in both the countries with fears. Not only that, the escalating tensions between the two powerful countries have brought huge destructions in Iraq.
To some extent people of different beliefs, many of whom support the US, while others stand with Iran are also to be blamed for Iraq’s demolition. But even if it is the case, Iraq should continue to stand for its own interests, in which it has largely failed.
Majority of Iraqis today stand with Iran’s beliefs, calling the death of Soleimani an “act of war” and “state terrorism”. Previously, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the US’ casting of Soleimani a “terrorist,” as “unjust and unfair”. He even warned the US against severe consequences.
Today’s Iran attack raises further questions on whether Iraqi bases housing the US troops would be subjected to more attacks in future? If yes, then will the US really agree on the Iraqi parliament’s terms of withdrawal of troops from the region. It appears that the US is getting a hard revenge on killing Soleimani.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, “Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched.”
“We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.”
The IRGC has also warned the US saying, “If you repeat your wickedness or take any additional movements or make additional aggression, we will respond with more painful and crushing responses.”
In context of Iran attack, Pentagon spokesperson Hoffman has said that the military is evaluating the situation and will take all necessary measures to protect and defend US personnel, partners, and allies in the region. The attacks are a direct challenge to the US and its dominating influence in the Middle East.