An Iran news agency is claiming a successful attack on US forces at an airbase Iraq, so if there was any doubt about military retaliation you know now;
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Pentagon nearly triples number of troops injured in Jan. 8 Iran missile strike, bringing number with brain injuries to 34. The announcement came two days after President Donald Trump, who initially said no Americans were injured in the strike, downplayed the extent of injuries. There were no fatalities. The Jan. 8 Iranian strikes on bases in western Iraq appeared aimed at avoiding mass casualties among U.S. Troops hunkered down there. The missiles were launched in retaliation for a U.S. Operation that killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran's most powerful military commander, in early January. Ref. USAToday.
Pentagon launches airstrikes targeting Iranian-backed militia believed to be responsible for an attack that killed American, British troops. One U.S. Official said multiple strikes targeted Kataib Hezbollah weapons facilities inside Iraq. The strikes marked a rapid escalation in tensions with Tehran and its proxy groups in Iraq, just two months after Iran carried out a massive ballistic missile attack against American troops at a base in Iraq. Ref. USAToday.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has ordered the Navy to "Destroy" any Iranian gunboat that harasses U.S. Ships. Source 3p.
This could just be an open bluff and not direct orders. Just something to let Iran know we're not playing electronic Battleship the game.
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Iran's foreign minister on Sunday warned the United States against deploying its navy in the Caribbean to disrupt Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela. According to an oil shipment analyst, five Iranian-flagged tankers loaded with tens of millions of dollars worth of fuel are heading towards Venezuela. Source 8o.