The world woke up to the news of Iran firing more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi military bases hosting US troops, the Pentagon confirmed. The missiles was targeted at the Ain al-Assad airbase in Anbar province and a facility near Erbil’s airport in northern Iraq early on Wednesday morning; they were fired in retaliation for the killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by the America, Iran said.
Donald Trump, US President is yet to make a statement on the attacks as he promised he would on Wednesday morning in Washington, DC.
Governments around the world are calling for a return to diplomacy and considering plans to withdraw their citizens as the tension increases. A NATO official said there were no casualties among the troops on its training mission in Iraq. The alliance nevertheless announced on Tuesday that it was moving some of its trainers out of Iraq.
“We are taking all precautions necessary to protect our people. This includes the temporary repositioning of some personnel to different locations both inside and outside of Iraq,” a NATO official told Reuters News Agency.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif defended Iran’s attack, tweeting that Tehran “took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense.” He added that “we do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.”