Iran Backs Down: We Do Not Seek Escalation or War
On Tuesday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps fired over a dozen missiles at military bases that housed United States troops. The missiles failed to hurt or kill any US troops.
The strikes conducted by Iran was their form of “revenge” after their top terrorist Qassem Soleimani was killed by a US drone however they later stated that they “do not seek escalation or war.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) began its “fierce revenge” for the killing of its notorious general, Qassem Soleimani, by launching over a dozen ballistic missiles Tuesday at two military bases in Iraq where U.S troops are stationed. American officials say there were no reported casualties and the damage to the bases was minimal. Now Iran’s foreign minister is signaling that the country hopes for de-escalation, though Iran’s supreme leader is sending another message: the missile strikes are “not enough.”
“The fierce revenge by the Revolutionary Guards has begun,” the IRGC said in a statement.
The Pentagon has released details of the attack. Check out what they said: “At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq,” the Defense Department announced. “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.”
In total, Iran fired 22 missiles at two military bases where US troops were station. Many of the rockets either missed their target or failed to detonate.
According to the Pentagon, the United States have taken “appropriate measures” to safeguard against an attack. “In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners,” the statement says. “These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.”
The Daily Wire continues:
The measures taken to protect U.S. troops against attack appears to have been successful. “United States officials initially said there were no immediate indications of American casualties, and senior Iraqi officials later said that there were no American or Iraqi casualties in the strikes,” the Times reports.
With reports indicating that the damage from the IRCG’s “fierce revenge” was minimal, the question is what will Iran do next. As highlighted by Washington Examiner’s Jamie McIntyre, Iran’s foreign minister has strongly signaled that the country is seeking de-escalation.
According to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zafir, Iran does not want “escalation or war.” This announcement suggests that President Trump’s tough stance with Iran was working.
“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,” Zafir tweeted after the attack. “We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.”
President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday morning to talk about the fallout in Iraq informing the American people that “no Americans were harmed,” and that “Iran appears to be standing down.”
“I’m pleased to inform you, the American people should be extremely grateful and happy. No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties,” the president started. “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”
The president continued by sending the following message to Iran: “Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal and fast. under construction are many hypersonic missiles. The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it. We do not want to use it. American strength, both military and economic, is the best deterrent.”