President Donald Trump said Wednesday (Jan 8) that the United States would not be retaliating militarily to Iran’s missile attacks on bases housing US troop in Iraq Tuesday.
Speaking from the White House, Trump seemed intent on de-escalating the crisis. He said the US would immediately put in place new economic sanctions “until Iran changes its behaviour”.
Trump said that Iran appears to be “standing down” following the missile attacks. He disclosed that no Americans or Iraqis were harmed in the strike on two military bases in Baghdad.
The attack came days after Trump authorized the targeted killing of General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Iran had pledged to retaliate, bringing the two countries closer to the brink of war.
Trump also announced he would ask NATO to become “much more involved in the Middle East process.”