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The Pentagon promptly boosted the United States contingent in Iraq and launched a drone attack that killed a top Iranian commander, General Qasem Soleimani, at the Baghdad International Airport, sending Iranians into a fury.

Following a missile barrage aimed at military bases in Iraq hosting U.S. forces and troops from allies including the UK, Mr Trump suggested Tehran was "standing down" - signalling that the two sides were stepping back from the brink of war.

Hours after Trump's speech, two rockets hit Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone - where the United States and other embassies are located - but caused no casualties. One of prosperity at home and harmony with the nations of the world. "We are independent, and we do not need Middle East oil". He angered some lawmakers by making classified his formal report to Congress about the strike as he sent more troops to the Middle East. "Time will tell", Esper said. However, Javad Zarif Iranian FM said that Iran had provided advance notice to the Iraqi government out of respect for Iraqi sovereignty.

Krauss reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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But the text, introduced by congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer with extensive experience in Iraq, also provides for key exceptions, allowing use of force to defend against or prevent an "imminent" attack against the United States or Americans. Instead, officials have said that the warning systems worked properly and troops had time to seek shelter in reinforced bunkers.

Crude oil prices were down on January 8 having lost gains recorded in the previous sessions after U.S. President Donald Trump's comments to calm tensions in the Middle East. It's not just Democratic lawmakers who are agitated over President Trump's seemingly reckless lurch towards a confrontation with Iran that began with the scrapping of the Obama-engineered and Europe-support nuclear deal with Teheran. "In September, the spread of Brent over West Texas jumped as soon as the futures markets were reopened, on fears of a supply disruption, but within a few hours only, this move had given up all of those gains".

The tensions between the US and Iran spilled into United Nations headquarters Thursday, as member nations sparred over the series of escalations that brought the Middle East close to a new military conflict this week. "As facts unfold, you adjust your positions". Indeed it seems that perhaps the two countries were in agreement that the attack if limited could lead to the deescalation and reduction of tensions between the two opponents. And the last thing I want to do is see them take power away from President Trump and put it into their own hands. "I don't think anything could be worse for America than that". The attacks allowed Iranians to claim to have responded to the U.S. assassination but at the same time did not cause any casualties and perhaps not that much damage.

"We can not allow our country to be lied into another war", she said. "We caught ISIS, we did Europe a big favor".

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Iran's Chief of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force claimed in a televised press conference on Thursday that Iran had carried out a cyberattack against US monitoring systems minutes after launching its ballistic missiles on Tuesday and disabled USA drones.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who earlier promised "revenge" for Soleimani, called the missiles a "slap in the face" against the United States.

Pence stood alongside President Trump when the latter addressed the nation from the White House wherein, he did not announce any fresh military action in response to Iran's ballistic missiles hitting U.S. military base in Iraq. "Our leaders should act", said Saif, a 33-year-old protester speaking on condition his full name not be used for fear of reprisals.

However, there is much less division over whether the killing marked an escalation in the conflict. He also voiced an intention to ask North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to be "much more involved" in the situation.

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