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Highlights

  • Iran launched a missile attack on Iraqi Airbase where American forces are located.
  • The missiles were in response to US strike that happened a week before that killed Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

Iran had launched a missile attack on the airbase of Iraq where American forces were based. The attack was to threaten Trump for the possibility of further strikes in future. It said the missiles were in response to U.S. strike last week that killed Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi-al Muhnadis.

Boris Johnson condemns the Iranian attack on Iraqi bases

Prime Minister of Britain condemned the attack by Iran on Iraqi military bases housing western troops in retaliation for the assassination of an Iranian general.

“We condemn the attack on the military base of Iraq. Iran should not repeat these reckless and dangerous attacks. It should pursue urgent de-escalation,” said Mr Boris Johnson.

Kuwait states that report of withdrawal of American troops from the country is incorrect

Kuwait’s government news agency KUNA had been hacked which resulted in issuing an incorrect report. The report stated that U.S. military forces deployed in Kuwait should be withdrawn immediately.

Tareq al-Muzarem, head of Kuwait’s government communication office, announced the hacking of KUNA in a statement on an official Twitter account.

The initial report stated that Kuwait’s Defense Minister had got a letter from American Commander saying American forces would be withdrawn from camp in Kuwait in three days.

Prime Minister of Iraq received a message from Iran about the missile attack

Prime Minister of Iraq, Adel Abdul Mahdi received a word from Iran that its response to the assassination of Soleimani was either imminent or underway, said his spokesperson.

“Right after midnight on Wednesday, we got a message from the Islamic Republic of Iran that the response to the assassination of Soleimani has commenced,” he said.

Abdul Mahdi got a call from the United States while missiles were falling on the American wing of the airbase in Erbil, the spokesperson said.

Saudi Aramco hits a low owing to U.S. Iran tensions

Shares of Saudi Aramco opened at 34 riyals on Wednesday which was their lowest since the company started trading on 11th December. Saudi stocks have also decreased by1.4% following across-the-board selling in Gulf markets amid the tension between the US and Iran.

Aramco shares are down about 12% from a peak of 38.70 riyals on Dec 12. They are still more than IPO price of 32 riyals that brought the value of the company at $1.7 trillion

The US calls for cooperation with a probe due to the plane crash

A day after Iran launched missiles at American forces in Iraq. And two rockets hit Baghdad’s heavily fortified zone. This zone constitutes government buildings and foreign missions. The attack happened nearly 24 hours after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases constituting American and other forces. The attack was to retaliate the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

US President Donald Trump said no Americans were injured in the attack by Iran on US bases in Iraq. He also offered a proposal to embrace peace with the Iranian leadership, in a move to reduce the arousal of tension in the Middle East.

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