At present, there are more than 5000 US soldiers in Iraq. Assad air force base is the base with the largest number of U.S. troops stationed in Iraq at present. At the same time, there are multinational forces stationed in the international alliance against the extremist organization Isis.
Earlier, a US government source told CNN that no us or Iraqi soldiers were killed in the attack. Fars, Irans semi official media of the pro Islamic Revolutionary Guard, said 80 US soldiers were killed, more than 200 US soldiers were injured, and US helicopters and other military equipment were damaged.
On the same day, Iranian foreign minister Zarif stressed that what Iran has taken is self-defense measures and does not seek war. Irans top leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said in a televised speech that the attack was a slap in the face to the United States, which must end its corruption in the Middle East. Iranian President Mahmoud Rouhani also said he would expel all US troops from the Middle East.
Iranian television quoted an official from Khameneis office as saying that the attack on the 8th was the slightest retaliation, while another source said that Iran had listed 100 targets for retaliation.
The attack is Irans most brutal and direct attack on the United States since the occupation of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and one of Trumps biggest challenges since taking office, the associated press said Tuesday.
Associated Press analysis said that if there is no casualties caused by the United States, or trump has the opportunity to eliminate the growing tension with Iran, and get rid of the prospect of war. Trump is currently seeking re-election in the 2020 general election, and his commitment to running for president is to prevent the United States from getting involved in endless war.
According to CNN, a number of U.S. officials believe that the missiles launched by Iran are intended to avoid places where Americans live. With their capabilities, they can strike more accurately. For example, the U.S. consulate is near Erbil base. These officials believe that Irans move is a signal rather than a provocation, and their intention may be to seek to ease the situation.
NATO, Germany and Britain have all called on Iran to exercise restraint in case things escalate.