Iran-US Conflict: Trump Addresses The Nation After Iran Attacked Iraq Base With US Troops In Them

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Trump: “Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon

“As long as I’m President of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”

Trump says US suffered no casualties in attack

Trump said, “No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.” “We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”

Iran’s choice of missile ensured Americans would have a warning

Jeremy Binnie, the Middle East and Africa editor at British military magazine Jane’s Defence Weekly, said the choice of what was likely a Qiam ballistic missile carried some risk — but it also likely ensured several minutes of warning for the Americans when the attack hit their radars. 

“The attack on Saudi Arabia last year used cruise missiles and UAVs, while these were ballistic missiles.” he said. “That might have been a deliberate decision to minimize damage, as the Iranians would have known that the ballistic trajectories could be picked up much more easily by radars, providing early warning of the attack”  

About the Qiam missile: Binnie said that, according to images released, the missile recovered near Ain al-Assad Air Base was a Qiam, a type that was “recently upgraded with a new re-entry vehicle that has fins so that it can steer itself towards its target” 

He said these missiles had been used before to attack ISIS and Kurdish rebels in Iraq, “but their accuracy and reliability was spotty.”

“Some missiles failed to reach the target area, while others missed their apparent targets,” Binnie said. “If the Iranians were aiming for uninhabited areas at the Iraqi bases, there consequently was still some risk they would accidentally hit a bunker where coalition personnel were sheltering.”

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