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US, Iran step back from the brink; region still on edge


January 9, 2020

Doug Mills – New York Times

President Donald Trump walks to the lectern in the Grand Foyer of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, where he discussed the confrontation with Iran after Tehran launched airstrikes on two bases housing American troops in Iraq. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war on Wednesday as President Donald Trump signaled he would not retaliate militarily for Iran's missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. No one was harmed in the strikes, but U.S. forces in the region remained on high alert.

Speaking from the White House, Trump seemed intent on deescalating the crisis, which spiraled after he authorized the targeted killing last week of Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani. Iran responded overnight with its most direct assault on America since the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, firing more than a dozen missiles at two installations in Iraq. The Pentagon said Wednesday that it believed Iran fired with the intent to kill.


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