Iran attacks US targets; UK Navy ready to strike at Iran; Russia’s UAV was shot down
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on January 8 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Iran missile attacks target U.S. forces in Iraq; Trump says ‘All is well!’
Iran launched missile attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East.
Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles from its territory against at least two Iraqi facilities hosting U.S.-led coalition personnel at about 1:30 a.m. (2230 GMT on Tuesday), the U.S. military said.
U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet late on Tuesday that an assessment of casualties and damage from the strikes was under way and that he would make a statement on Wednesday morning.
“All is well!” Trump, who visited the al-Asad air base in December 2018, said in the Twitter post.
One source said early indications were of no U.S. casualties. Other U.S. officials declined to comment.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed they fired the missiles in retaliation for last week’s killing of Qassem Soleimani, according to a statement on state TV.
The force advised the United States to withdraw its troops from the region to prevent more deaths and warned U.S. allies including Israel not to allow attacks from their territories.
UK forces ‘on standby’ in Middle East amid Iran tensions, announces Ben Wallace
UK forces are “on standby” to assist in the Middle East following the escalation of tensions with Iran, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has announced.
Mr Wallace said the Government has taken “urgent measures” to protect British nationals and interests in the Gulf following the killing of General Qassim Soleimani in a US drone strike.
He added that it is for the US to explain if its decision was “illegal or not”, but said it was “clear there was a case for self-defence”.
The Commons statement revealed that UK forces in the region, including helicopters and ships, were ready to assist in the crisis if needed. Non-essential personnel had been relocated from Baghdad to Camp Taji, the military base 17 miles north of the Iraqi capital that is the current base for around 400 members of the Irish Guards.
“As part of prudent planning, a small team has been sent to the region to provide additional situational awareness and contingency planning assistance,” Mr Wallace told MPs.
The Defence Secretary urged Tehran not to retaliate for the strike on General Soleimani, saying Iran’s pattern of “aggressive behaviour” including targeting dissidents in Europe and hijacking civilian ships “was never going to go unchallenged”.
A Russian unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down over Syria.
A few hours ago, a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle was shot down in the area of the Syrian village of Jabal al-Zawiyah (Idlib province).
According to some reports, the unmanned aerial vehicle has reconnoitred the situation in the Idlib region and the military fortifications.
So far, no official comments have been submitted by representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense in this regard, but it is important to note that the fighters have actively moved on the battlefield, thus trying to demonstrate the success of Idlib’s defense.
For its part, it is necessary to pay attention to the fact that aviation of the Russian space forces and the Syrian air force was forced to stop strikes at the positions of fighters in Idlib due to adverse weather conditions.
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