Iran’s missile strike ‘pats’ Trump

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) this morning launched 15 ballistic missiles at two military bases housing US soldiers in Iraq, Ain al-Asad and Irbil.

Observers believe that Iran’s missile attack was a pre-predicted move to avenge the death of General Soleimani.

US President Donald Trump during a meeting at the White House on December 6.

The attack took place just hours after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that Washington did not want war with Tehran but was `ready to end one`.

Iran’s response also raises questions about Trump’s campaign promise that he would not involve the US in any other war in the Middle East, commented commentator Andrew Buncombe from Independent.

`This is the moment we fear,` said Stephen Miles, executive director of the Washington-based Win Without War organization, referring to the Iranian attack.

Iran's missile strike 'pats' Trump

al-Asad base in Anbar province, western Iraq, last month.

According to Thomas Juneau, associate professor and Iran expert at the University of Ottawa, Canada, the IRGC’s decision to attack two bases housing US soldiers in Iraq was `a big gamble`.

`Iran probably thinks that Trump will not want to get deep into a large-scale war in the Middle East. This creates more motivation for them to decide to act,` Juneau wrote on Twitter.

Randa Slim, an expert at the Middle East Institute, assessed that the next developments after Iran’s attack will depend on how Trump reacts and perceives it.

`From Trump’s long-standing tone, it seems he will not ignore Iran’s retaliation, which means we are caught in an escalating spiral to the brink of war not only on Iranian territory but

American lawmakers are calling for calm.

According to Alexander Gillespie, professor of international law at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, the chance for a peaceful solution to US-Iran tensions `is fading by the minute`.

`Iran is not afraid. They are confronting America, they are confronting Trump, whether he wants it or not,` Gillespie said.

Gillespie said that the US seemed to think Iran would choose to react as in previous conflicts, including using proxy forces to attack US allies and threatening to blockade shipping routes through the Strait of Hormuz.

`The first thing to note is that Iran is now not choosing the indirect strategy of using proxies,` Gillespie said.

Trump now has three options for responding to Iran’s attacks, Gillespie said.

Gillespie warned that if the US targets 52 Iranian positions as Trump once threatened, `a full-scale war` will break out.

Iran's missile strike 'pats' Trump

Location of al-Asad and Irbil air bases in Iraq.

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