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Hezbollah Warns It Will Attack Israel If US Attacks Iran

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8 Jan 2020
Hezbollah Warns It Will Attack Israel If US Attacks Iran
The Iranian-backed Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah was warning on Tuesday that it would attack Israel if the US presses a military offensive against Iran. The warnings came hours after Iranian forces launched a barrage of missiles at military bases in Iraq where US forces were also deployed, causing no casualties. Iranian military sources claimed that they had killed 80 American military personnel in the attacks in a transparent attempt to mollify domestic anger at the US, while Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps statements darkly warned of further carnage if the US dared to respond. However, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that Iranian honor had been satisfied while expressing hope that the situation would stabilize and that the US would not see a need to respond further.

"We in no way consider the Zionist regime (of Israel) to be separate from the criminal US regime in these crimes," the IRGC warned in a statement. "We warn the Great Satan, the bloodthirsty and arrogant regime of the US, that any new wicked act or further agression (against Iran) will bring about more painful and crushing responses."

US President Donald Trump responded to the impotent Iranian rhetoric and accompanying rocket attacks on Wednesday morning with a Tweet that "all is well" before elaborating that “Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq," the president tweeted. "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."

The targeted bases included the al-Assad airbase, which hosts both Iraqi and US soldiers and another base in Erbil as part of what the IRGC was calling "Operation Martyr Soleimani".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu re-iterated his support for the US action to assassinate IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in a speech to supporters on Tuesday evening.

However, US President Donald Trump’s domestic political opponents took the opportunity to criticize him, starting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who Tweeted "Closely monitoring the situation following bombings targeting U.S. troops in Iraq. We must ensure the safety of our service members, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence. America & world cannot afford war."
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also gave a speech Wednesday morning in which he declared that his forces had given the US “a slap in the face” and that “We are prepared to deal with the bullies of the world."

"Military action like this is not sufficient," he added. "What is important is ending the corrupting presence of America in the region."

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