Iran Escalates to De-escalate, but signals widening of conflict with the US

In the first step of revenge on the US over assassination of Lt. General Soleimani Iran's IRGC force fired tens of ballistic missile at Al-Asad base in Iraq. Ayn al Asad is an Iraqi air base that the US forces are stationed.

Iran claimed that 80 US soldiers were killed in the missile attacks however reports from the ground indicate that there were no losses including to the Iraqi forces.

Iran had informed Iraq about the raids and possibly the targets thus protective measures had been taken avoiding fatalities which could have led to the conflict spiraling out of control

While the US President Donald Trump in his address on 08 January appeared to be reconciliatory saying, “ Finally, to the people and leaders of Iran: We want you to have a future and a great future — one that you deserve, one of prosperity at home, and harmony with the nations of the world.  The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it”, additional sanctions announced in the same speech are likely to be counter productive................

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