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Iran Attacks US Bases, then Appears to Back Down

by Lame Duck Team

President Trump said Iran appears to be backing away from conflict with the U.S. and signaled no further U.S. military strikes, in comments following an overnight assessment that missile strikes against two military bases in Iraq didn’t result in U.S. casualties.

“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world,” he said in a televised address to the nation Wednesday.

Mr. Trump said the U.S. will immediately impose additional economic sanctions on Iran. He also warned that the U.S. won’t allow Iran to develop a nuclear arsenal and said Tehran must abandon those ambitions and end its support for terrorism.

“As long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon,” Mr. Trump said.

In his remarks, which lasted about 10 minutes, Mr. Trump also called for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization military alliance to become “much more involved” in the Middle East. He closed by saying the U.S. “is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”

Iran’s overnight attacks demonstrated its willingness to directly confront American military might in the Middle East, with a predawn attack on U.S. forces in Iraq that appeared calibrated to avoid further escalation and presented Washington with a decision about how to respond.

Salvos of missiles fired from Iran hit two bases where American military personnel were stationed. U.S. and Iraqi officials said they were still assessing the damage, but that there were no casualties.

The limited nature of the strike indicated Tehran wanted to respond to the targeted killing of its top military commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, without triggering American retaliation.

“Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense,” Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, wrote on Twitter. “We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.”

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President signals no further U.S. military strikes; predawn attack on U.S. forces in Iraq appeared calibrated to avoid further escalation.

President signals no further U.S. military strikes; predawn attack on U.S. forces in Iraq appeared calibrated to avoid further escalation.

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