WAITING ON TRUMP'S OFFICIAL RESPONSE TO IRAN'S MISSILE ATTACKS ON IRAQI BASES HOUSING AMERICAN TROOPS

Jan 08, 2020

By Jane Brown

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The White House says U.S. President Donald Trump plans to address the nation at 11 a.m. local time Wednesday (1600 GMT).

Trump faces one of the greatest tests of his presidency now that Iran has launched ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. It was Iran’s most brazen assault on America since the 1979 seizing of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Iran’s missile strikes were in retaliation for last week’s American drone strike that killed Iran’s top general.

Trump has huddled with his national security advisers to weigh a response.


(An image taken from video shown on Iran’s Sima News reportedly shows the launch of the missiles fired at the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq.)

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says his country “slapped (them) on the face last night.”

Iranian state TV says the missiles were revenge for the U.S. killing of General Qassem Soleimani.

There are no reports of American or Iraqi casualties.

Canada’s chief of defence staff says all Canadian troops are safe and accounted for after the Iranian air strikes on Iraq.

General Jonathan Vance posted the comment on Twitter.

Canadians have a military and diplomatic presence in Irbil.

Hours before the Iranian missiles hit, the Canadian Forces had started to move troops out of Iraq.

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