Washington decides to take on Iran with dialogues and sanctions as Tehran airstrikes on the US bases result in no causalities.
The US-Iran standoff shows signs of losing momentum on the battlefield as US President Donald Trump, in his public address, showed restraint to Iran’s retaliation on two settlements of US troop in Baghdad. Iran had rained over a dozen ballistic missiles on two of the US bases in the Iraqi soil, at Erbil and al-Asad.
According to the media reports, Washington had been expecting retaliation from their belligerents after the US airstrike that targeted Iran General Solemani, last Friday. The US intelligence aids had been notified of the attack at the very the moment Iran had launched fire. With the help of the Iraqi government, the US bases were able to come off the attacks with no causalities and minimal damages.
Earlier in the day, the Iran media had made headlines that “80 terrorists” were killed, in reference to the pre-dawn attack on the US base in Baghdad. But, the Islamic Republic had intentionally downscaled the attack to a few shelling of the missiles to avoid a military confrontation with America at all cost.
The US, on the other hand, will be taking the other way round to isolate Iran with new sanctions rather than a faceoff in the battlefield. The US and Iran have resumed their battle of words after days of high tension in the Middle East.
The Iraqi parliament that had earlier denounced the US airstrike, has condemned Tehran of “violation and assault” on their “sovereignty” with the airstrikes in their soil. Iraq is also registering fresh protests and dissent against the growing influence of Tehran in the political climate of Baghdad.