[ Editor’s Note: Zarif’s words, “concluded proportionate measures in self-defense”, are signaling nothing more will be done by Iran. This was a bifurcated response, an attack, and de-escalation wrapped into one strike.
Unless we hear more news of interceptions Iran may have revealed how worthless the Gulf State missile defenses are, which alone could trigger an instant interest in deescalating tensions in the Gulf… Jim W. Dean ]
CNN claims Iran threatens attacks on continental US if US responds in any manner.
— Ali (@ali_cgn) January 8, 2020
— Mustafa Hamid 🇮🇶 (@mustafahamaidhe) January 8, 2020
Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched.
We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 8, 2020
Tens of surface-to-surface missiles” were fired at the strategic airbase and the attack was later confirmed by the US officials.
The IRGC has called for a complete withdrawal of US troops from the Arab country, asserting that it would not differentiate between the US and Israel in retaliating against the assassination of the Iranian national hero.
“We warn US allies providing bases for the [American] terrorist army… that any country serving as the origin of bellicose and aggressive attacks in any form against the Islamic Republic of Iran will be targeted,” read the IRGC statement.
The IRGC added that it would release more details about the strike.
The strike comes as no surprise since Iran had vowed to take a “harsh revenge” in the wake of the US terror attack.
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
Maybe Trump might lower the price he has demanded from Iraq as al Assad is probably a bit beaten up.
We have an Acting Secretary of Defense who was a Raytheon lobbyist.
No Director of National Intelligence.
No Homeland Security Secretary.
No Navy Secretary
A moron for a President who initiated a totally unnecessary and avoidable conflict.pic.twitter.com/7yEjVlj0zY
— Ryan Hill (@RyanHillMI) January 8, 2020
America’s air defense ships in the Persian Gulf stand down, no AEGIS or Patriot protection for 5000 US troops stranded in Iraq by Trump’s insanity. With US forces on high alert, and billions of US air defense equipment on land on the water and we do not have one video of an incoming missile taken down when ballistic missiles are supposed to be the easiest to intercept.
Despite the large number of combat jets in Saudi Arabia we also have not seen any ability for them to intercept incoming ballistic missiles despite their launches being detected instantly by the satellites.
Nearly 30 years ago, Americans cheered as coalition forces crushed Iraq and again in 2003. Little did we know, being the fools all of us where, most of us in 1991 and only a very stupid few by 2003, that America had become a closet military dictatorship controlled by world organized crime.
For the millions of Americans who feel a need to cheer Iran on, please remember that 5000 Americans are on the ground in Iraq, no air cover, and exposed to attack because they are led by cowards.
Trump just tweeted “so far so good.” Is he Iranian?
He is now going to bed…
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