Iran Fires Missiles At Two Bases Housing U.S. Forces In Iraq
Iran has launched ballistic missiles, targeting the US military base, in Iraq, including U.S. troops and coalition forces at two bases there. In total, 15 missiles were fired by Iran at the military base in Iraq among which, eleven missiles were known to hit the bases in western and northern Iraq and four failed in flight.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed that they fired the rockets in retaliation for last week’s killing of Qassem Soleimani, according to state TV. However, there were no reports of American casualties in the attack.
A high alert has prevailed in the region after the growing tension and exchanges of threats of war. President Donald Trump has said that he would make a statement during his speech for the same on Wednesday. He also tweeted, "All is well!" on his twitter handle stating that no injuries and deaths have been incurred on their side. Trump’s advisors also have offered divided counsel over Iran.
The stock market was soon affected after the attack. It fell sharply in Asia on news of the rocket attack, while investor safe havens, including the Japanese yen and gold, shot higher.
Iranian state television called the missiles "harsh Iranian revenge" for Suleimani’s death, and warned that the United States could also launch a military retaliation.