İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. and coalition forces stationed at bases in Iraq on Wednesday morning. The attack is the latest step in an escalating conflict between the United States and Iran, after the former killed Iran's top military commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad last week. Political leaders are urging Iran and the United States to refrain from any steps that would further aggravate ongoing tensions in the Middle East.
President Trump tweeted about the attack and said "All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well-equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning". Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned against escalating tension between its neighbour Iran and NATO ally the US, adding that Ankara "uses every means available" to avoid a new conflict. "At this critical period of war drums being played, we are trying to ease tensions, using all diplomacy channels," Erdogan said. In addition, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will travel to Iraq on Thursday.
The United Nations mission in Iraq said Iran's attacks escalate tensions and called for "urgent" restraint. "Recent missile attacks in Erbil and Anbar governorates only escalate conflict, and again violate Iraqi sovereignty," the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in an online statement. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in a tweet on Wednesday condemned the missile attacks on Iraqi bases housing US troops and called on Iran to "refrain from further violence".