The United States and Iran have both stepped back a bit from what looked like assured war paths, after Iran’s latest attack on us bases in Iraq.
President Trump backed off on Wednesday from potential war with Iran, indicating he would not respond militarily to the launch of more than a dozen ballistic missiles at bases housing American troops.
The two countries have exchanged blames for provoking the most direct conflict since Iran seized American diplomats in Tehran in 1979.
Trump says no one was killed in Iran’s attack earlier this week. He also said damage to U.S. facilities was “minimal.” Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called the attack a “slap in the face” of the united states. He said Iran will ensure an end to U.S. presence in the region. But he did not threaten any specific further military action.
Current U.S. Government Is The Worst In America’s History – Iran President
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has on Tuesday said in a speech that the current United State government is the worst in the history of America.
In a live broadcast on state television, Rouhani also said Iran’s upcoming parliamentary elections in February will have an effect on regional and international politics.
On January 8, Iranian forces shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 hours after launching a barrage of ballistic missiles at military bases in Iraq housing hundreds of U.S. forces, in retaliation for the U.S. killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a January 2 drone strike in Baghdad.
Three days after shooting the airliner and due to intense international pressure, Iran confessed to have unintentionally shot the jet down, its president asserted after the incident that the “root causes” of the tragedy were U.S. actions.
Ever since, tension between the two countries have increased as Iran’s state-controlled news agency Tasnim quoted Rouhani as saying “it was the U.S. that caused such an incident to take place.”
The Iranian regime has blamed the U.S. president Donald Trump administration for ratcheting up tensions with the controversial decision to kill Soleimani.
On January 10, U.S. imposed more sanctions on Iran in retaliation for its missile attack on U.S. forces in Iraq and vowed to tighten the economic screws if Tehran continued “terrorist” acts or pursued a nuclear bomb.
Also, Trump unilaterally withdrew in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor Barack Obama and began reimposing sanctions that had been eased under the accord.
Iranian crude sales have been driven down by those U.S. sanctions, the Islamic Republic’s main source of revenues, but so far the actions have not brought Iran back to the negotiating table to discuss a new nuclear pact as sought by Trump.
Rockets ‘Hit US Embassy’ In Iraq Capital Amid Anti-Gov’t Protests
Three persons have been injured after five rockets crashed into a riverbank near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad over the weekend
Security sources say three of the projectiles hit the diplomatic installation, with one striking the embassy’s cafeteria
The incident came amid anti-government protests in the capital, Baghdad, over corruption, foreign interference in Iraqi affairs, and the presence of U.S. troops in the country.
One protester was shot by Iraqi security forces,
Prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has condemned the rocket attack that targeted the U.S. embassy on the same day a U.S. State department spokesperson had called on “the government of Iraq, to fulfill its obligations to protect American diplomatic facilities.
It was the third such attack this month.
Pro-Iranian demonstrators had attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad in December to condemn U.S. Air strikes two days earlier that killed at least 25 members of an Iran-backed militant group.
Aircraft Crashes In Central Afghan Province
Senior Afghan officials say a plane has crashed in eastern Ghazni province, but details are still sketchy as authorities sought to locate the aircraft’s wreckage in the mountainous province.
Three government officials said the plane was operated by Afghanistan’s state-owned carrier, Ariana Afghan Airlines. Acting CEO of the airlines, Mirwais Mirzakwal, had denied those reports on Monday.
A senior presidency official in Kabul says a plane had crashed near Ghazni province and authorities were still seeking details.
Provincial sources said the plane was en route to Ghazni from Herat when it crashed in a territory under Taliban control
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they were investigating the crash claims but were unable to comment further.
Afghanistan civil aviation authority also denied reports that the plane was a commercial flight.
The mountainous Ghazni province sits in the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains and is bitterly cold in the winter.
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