Russian politician warns Iran and U.S. could spark nuclear war
Russian politician warns Iran and U.S. could spark nuclear war
Blast protection barriers at Camp Taji in Iraq
09 January, 2020, 13:36
"All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases". President Trump and the broader administration have said Soleimani was working to orchestrate an "imminent" attack targeting US personnel and facilities in justifying the killing, though Democrats have been raising questions about what evidence the administration has that an attack was indeed "imminent" and the administration has so far refused to declassify that intelligence.
Trump said Soleimani directed the recent attacks on USA personnel in Iraq that "badly wounded four service members and killed one American" and he orchestrated "the violent assault" on the US.
President Trump issued his first statement in regards to Iran's missile attack while taking to Twitter Tuesday, where he stated the USA has "the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world".
In a short address on Wednesday on fracas with Iran, Trump claimed that "Iran appears to be standing down", and said Americans should be grateful and relieved that no lives were lost in Iran's missile attack on the bases, mainly because on account of "an early warning system that worked very well".
But after suggesting a major military conflict in an election year, Trump may be reconsidering whether to follow through on his own rhetoric, especially given that Iran's missile launch appears to have been calibrated to send a message of strength by hitting specific military targets without killing us forces. He said he wanted to offer Iran an off-ramp talk "without preconditions", he told reporters.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made clear that Iran's ballistic missile strikes were in revenge for the U.S. killing of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani, whose death last week in an American drone strike in Baghdad prompted angry calls to avenge his slaying and drew crowds of Iranians, said to number in the millions, to the streets to mourn him.
Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' foreign operations arm, the Quds Force, was killed last week in a United States drone strike near Baghdad global airport.
Officials have said there were no U.S. casualties as a result of the attacks, though a full assessment is underway.
"All is well!" Trump tweeted Tuesday evening. The U.S. also notified the Iraqis when the missile strike was taking place, the prime minister said.
It also said U.S. helicopters and military equipment were "severely damaged", adding Iran's Revolutionary Guards had 100 other targets in the region in its sights if Washington fought back.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday morning that he will be imposing new economic sanctions on Iran. While Iranian state media claimed the plane crashed due to technical difficulties, speculation was rife that it was hit by a stray missile, a theory compounded by Iran's refusal to hand over the plane's black boxes to Boeing.
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Al-Asad airbase in Iraq's Anbar province was hit 17 times, including by two ballistic missiles that failed to detonate. Our great American forces are prepared for anything. "Our missiles are big, powerful accurate lethal and fast".
All 176 passengers and crew aboard, mostly Iranians and Canadians, were killed, said Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko. Qantas will divert flights to avoid Iranian airspace following a missile attack on two US-led military bases in Iraq .
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In parallel, NASA is evaluating the data received during the mission to determine if another uncrewed demonstration is required. NASA expects to launch astronauts from Florida to the worldwide space station in the first half of 2020.
The Predators were 2 for 7 in the power play, but could not take advantage of a two-man advantage late in the third period. Granlund scored a power-play goal at 18:06 of the third, but Krejci and Coyle scored 22 seconds apart to close the game.
The "Men In Blue" captain also went past Rohit Sharma to become the highest run-scorer in the shortest format of the game. Virat Kohli and his boys will now look to seal the series in the final match of the series in Pune on Friday.
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A French army spokesman previously said there had been no French military casualties in Iraq from the Iranian strikes. Iraq had survived between 2011-2014 without the presence of worldwide troops, the prime minister said.
Ecologist Chris Dickman from the University of Sydney said: "for some species we're looking at imminent extinction". Some normally crowded resorts have already turned into ghost towns.
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