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Russia stood by Iran in showdown with US

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30.01.2020

The US President Donald Trump first said there were ‘no casualties’ in the Iranian missile attack on the Ain al-Asad military airbase in Iraq on January 8. “We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases,” Trump had said.

Then a number 11 was mentioned a week later, but Trump minimised the injuries, calling them ‘headaches’. Last Friday, a fortnight after the attack, the number sharply climbed. The Pentagon spokesman told reporters that 34 US military members received concussions or other traumatic brain injuries in the missile strikes.

The true human toll of the Iranian strike is still being assessed. But what Iran achieved through the January 8 attacks may never quite be in the public domain.

There was no intention of causing any casualties with the missile attack… The damage we have done to the US is extensive because, with all its military might, it could not prevent the missiles from hitting its base

There was no intention of causing any casualties with the missile attack… The damage we have done to the US is extensive because, with all its military might, it could not prevent the missiles from hitting its base

The big question is whether Iran acted with Russian backing. Beyond a string of Russian statements empathising with Iran, all we have are tell-tale signs.

To be sure, satellite imagery suggests very precise hits of targets in the Ain al-Asad base. In an interview with Spiegel magazine last week, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated Iran’s objectives:

There was no intention of causing any casualties with the missile attack… The damage we have done to the US is extensive because, with all its military might, it could not prevent the missiles from hitting its base. It shows how vulnerable the US is.”

Read more: US-Iran Conflict: European countries bet on who flinch first

The Iranians did succeed in displaying their formidable missile capability and its........

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