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Qassam Soleimani rested after Iran attacks American airbases: top developments

Ginger Lawrence | 12 January, 2020, 16:40

He said: "We condemn this attack on Iraqi military bases hosting coalition - including British - forces".

The Iranian commander-general Qassem Soleimani was laid to rest on Wednesday after hours in his hometown of Kerman Iran attacked two American air bases in Iraq. Prime Minister Modi discussed the issue on a phone call to President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

He further said that he will be making a statement on Wednesday evening. So far, so good! It also said that his rockets were not intercepted in Iraq. It was noted that the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) launched at least 35 missiles on Ayn al-Asad air base in Iraq's west and the base in Erbil.

It was the first time Iran directly hit a United States installation with ballistic missiles.

The missiles were launched at the same time of the day that Soleimani was killed on Friday near the global airport in Iraq's capital, Baghdad. The White House said the president was monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.

"He's no longer a monster. He was planning a very big attack and a very bad attack for us and other people and we stopped him and I don't think anybody can complain about it".

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Soleimani traveled frequently and relatively openly, with visits to Baghdad more frequent in recent months.

Paratroopers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division walk as they prepare equipment and load aircraft bound for the US Central Command area of operations from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, January 4, 2020.

This now puts Iraq in a hard position as it considers itself an ally of both Iran and the US.

Experts also cautiously welcomed signs from the U.S. and Iranian leaders that the situation might be de-escalated.

More than 5,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq along with other foreign forces as part of a coalition that has trained and backed up Iraqi security forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group.