According to the Russian satellite news agency reported on the 9th, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Khatami stated in a statement on the Iranian Ministry of Defense website that the strike by the United States military base in Iraq may only be the beginning. The Iranian army is preparing for the next strike, which will be equal to the US strike. He also said that Iran has taught the United States a big lesson.
After the killing of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards commander Qassim Suleimani, US-Iran relations deteriorated to a peak. Suleimani was killed in a Baghdad attack by a U.S. army missile. The United States claims that Suleimani was behind the scenes of an attack on a military base in Iraq and an attack on the US embassy in Baghdad.
Iran vowed to retaliate. Iran’s top national security committee secretary, Ali Shahhani, said Iran had 13 retaliatory actions, each of which would be a “nightmare.”
In the early hours of January 8, Iranian forces fired surface-to-surface ballistic missiles at two US military bases in Iraq. Iran’s top leader, Ali Khamenei, said the attacks on the United States and the coalition were successful. He emphasized that the United States should now withdraw its troops completely from the region.