Iran says missile attacks on USA targets were 'legitimate self-defense'

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"There were no victims among the Iraqi forces", it added, without mentioning whether or not there were casualties among foreign troops. Assessment of victims and damage that is now taking place.

Soleimani, who headed Iran's Quds Force, the overseas arm of the elite Revolutionary Guards Corps, was buried after the missile attacks, Iranian state television said.

American President Donald Trump's first answer until the attack it was "all is well" and "so far, so good".

After the Iranian missile attacks, the State Department issued a travel notice calling on Indian nationals to "avoid all non-essential trips to Iraq until further notice".

The Iraqi military's assessment on Wednesday said 17 missiles were fired at Al-Asad, two of which reportedly failed to explode on impact, while another five were fired at the city of Irbil in the country's Kurdish-majority northeast.

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Chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance says the Canadian military is temporarily relocating some soldiers from Iraq to Kuwait.

"As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend American personnel, partners and allies in the region", Hoffman said. The federal aviation administration U.S. airlines banned to fly over the region "as a result of increased military activities and increased political tensions in the Middle East, which pose an unintended risk to United States civil aviation operations". "And that's a good thing for a lot of countries".

"Trump said they weren't in Baghdad to discuss vacation plans or visit a "nice resort", but were there to discuss "'bad business'".

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. And we must be vigilant with Iran. Iran said it fired 15 missiles, while Iraq counted 22.

"A war in the Middle East would only benefit Daesh (so-called Islamic State) and other terrorist groups".