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Missiles attack: Iraq military says no Iraqi casualties, silent on U.S. troops

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Bennie Garza | 09 January, 2020, 13:56

"So far, so good!" he wrote.

"As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend USA personnel, partners, and allies in the region".

Trump stressed that the strike was in retaliation for Iranian attacks and that the USA is prepared to attack again - "very strongly".

More than 5,000 US troops remain in Iraq along with other foreign forces as part of a coalition that has trained and backed up Iraqi security forces against the threat of Islamic State militants.

"Defense Secretary Mark Esper has spent the past several days addressing the confusion around an unsigned Pentagon letter alleging the imminent withdrawal of us troops stationed in Iraq, insisting in a recent CNN interview that the USA military has no intention of leaving Iraq: ".the United States is not withdrawing from Iraq.

No Canadian Armed Forces troops were hurt by the barrage of Iranian missiles that hit targets in Iraq Tuesday, Canada's chief of defence staff says.

"We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression", he added.

The attack was in retaliation to the assassination of Iran's most powerful military commander, Qasem Soleimani, ordered by Donald Trump last week. USA crude prices also retreated after surging nearly 5% on worries any conflict could cut oil supplies.

"Our soldiers are staying in the region and the mission is being kept in place for now, even though it is suspended this week pending further consultation", said German lawmaker Roderich Kiesewetter, after receiving a briefing on his government's plans to relocate 35 of its 120 troops in Iraq to alternate locations in Jordan and Kuwait.

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.

Soleimani's death has raised fears of Iranian reprisals against USA and allied forces in Iraq and the surrounding region.

Soleimani's burial went ahead after several hours of delay following a stampede that killed at least 56 people and injured more than 210, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.

In a statement, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, an elite wing of the Iranian military, said the attacks were a "hard revenge" for the death of General Soleimani. It has also prompted Iraq's parliament and outgoing prime minister to call for the forced withdrawal of all western troops from the country.

"Over the coming days, and as a result of Coalition and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation planning, some of our people will be moved temporarily from Iraq to Kuwait", Vance added in the letter, which was posted on Twitter.

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