Iran Missile Strikes a Slap in the Face to the U.S: Ayatollah. Iran claims that after firing missiles at bases that houses Americans, it does not want war.
Since firing more than 20 ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where U.S. soldiers are deployed, the Iranian foreign minister said Wednesday that his country had “concluded” its attacks on U.S. forces and did not “want confrontation or war.”
In response to the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, the minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, posted the remarks on Twitter.
Top Iraqi defense officials working with the U.S. command said the attacks had not killed any Americans or Iraqis. The Joint Command in Baghdad, which includes both Iraqi troops and international coalition soldiers, said in a short statement released on Wednesday morning that no force “recorded any losses.”
An official said in a briefing in Washington that the Pentagon “had no confirmation” that any American had been killed. Australia, Britain, Denmark, Poland, and Sweden, whose troops are stationed alongside American forces in Iraq, also said that they had not killed any of their servants.
There was a different version of events in some Iranian media. Fars, a news agency associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, said the strikes had killed “at least 80 U.S. troops,” citing an unnamed senior military officer.
General Suleimani was killed in a drone strike by President Trump on Friday in Baghdad. American officials said the general, who commanded the Revolutionary Guards ‘ foreign expeditionary Quds Force, was planning imminent attacks on American interests. This intelligence has since been identified by an American official as thin.
“Iran has taken and concluded appropriate self-defense measures.” Mr. Zarif wrote in his Twitter message, adding, “We’re not seeking escalation or war, but we’re going to defend ourselves against aggression.”
President Trump suggested that American forces sustained minimal damage and casualties. But he also said there was an ongoing assessment of the attacks.
“It’s all right!”He was posting on Twitter. “There is now an estimate of the losses and costs. So far, so much the better!”In a speech on Wednesday morning, President Trump intended to talk to the country.
The missiles, launched from Iran, struck Al Asad Air Base in the north of the country in western Iraq and another in Erbil.
Iranian news media claimed the attacks had begun hours after General Suleimani’s remains had been returned for burial to his home town in Iran.
On Wednesday, President Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter that the general “heroically fought” against a number of jihadist groups and that Europe was safer due to his efforts.
“Our final response to his assassination is to kick out of the region all U.S. forces,” he said.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday that his military had dealt a “slap in the face” to the United States when it fired missiles at Iraq-based American forces.
In a televised address from Qom’s holy city, Ayatollah Khamenei said limited military action against the U.S. alone was “not enough.”
“What counts is that America’s involvement, which is a source of corruption in this country, will come to an end,” he said in a hall packed with imams and others.
“America’s end!”sang the audience. “To Israel’s death!”Ayatollah Khamenei said that’ sitting at the negotiating table’ with American envoys would open the door to greater American intervention in the region and that such negotiations must therefore’ end.” This region,’ he said,’ does not accept the presence of the United States.’ The Ayatollah did not provide any additional details on Tuesday night’s strikes in which, according to American allies, no one was present.
He called Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the second most powerful man in Iran, “a dear friend to us,” and praised him as a “great, brave warrior.”
In his meeting with the Council of Ministers on Wednesday morning, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, outlined the broader regional goal of his country in comments addressed to the Americans. “You cut off Qassim Suleimani’s hand from his body and we’re going to cut off the region’s feet,” he said. News report on Iran Missile Strikes a Slap in the Face to the U.S: Ayatollah.