The Middle East crisis is hotting up. After the killing of General Suleimani close to Baghdad airport, Iran’s Islamic Republic has retaliated.
This appears to be for the American airstrike that killed the general. CNN has reported that this attack signifies President Donald Tump is confronted with the biggest test of his presidency to date.
No immediate reports of any casualties have been reported.
The US military has confirmed that Al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province was struck six times. The Pentagon also confirmed that at least another base in the northern city of Erbil was targeted in the attack that commenced 1:30 AM around. The Khaleej Times has reported over a dozen missiles were fired by Tehran
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It’s not clear whether any further action will be taken by Iran as a reprisal for the death of General Suleimani. An operations wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the elite Force was headed by the general. The IRGC has a strength of about 150,000 and is trained and better armed than the army. Has a power of approximately 5000 and is positioned in Iraq.
Up to now, no report of any damage or death was reported. The United States has said it worked on an assessment of the damage and said that the foundations had been on high alert. An Iranian response was anticipated after the killing of the entire world.
This can be concluded from the statement of the Iranian foreign minister who has said that this attack was a proportional response taken in self-defense.
Both the bases which were attacked house aircraft and US troops. The American forces in Iraq number about 5,000 and they are ostensibly there to train fight ISIS in addition to the Iraqi forces. Matters have been compounded with a non-binding resolution being passed by the Iraqi parliament asking for the withdrawal of troops, to a degree.
President Trump is currently facing a crisis. He had suggested that Iran’s cultural websites would be also targeted by the US but it seems he has backtracked from this threat.