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US troops block Russian military convoy from reaching Iraq border

By News Desk -2020-01-23
source: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/us-troops-block-russian-military-convoy-from-reaching-iraq-border-video/



BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 P.M.) – American troops stopped a Russian convoy in Syria from reaching the border of Iraq, and reportedly escorted the convoy to the main road.

The incident reportedly took place near the border-city of Al-Malikiyah, which is located near Iraq’s Nineveh (var. Ninawa) Governorate.
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Money & Markets / Phase One Trade Deal "Doomed From The Start" As Skepticism Mounts
« Last post by Rudi Jan on January 21, 2020, 03:36:55 PM »
Phase One Trade Deal "Doomed From The Start" As Skepticism Mounts About Purchases

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 01/21/2020 - 19:05
source: https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/phase-one-trade-deal-doomed-start-skepticism-mounts-about-purchases

President Trump is at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, giving a speech to the world's elites on how the Phase 1 trade agreement is the greatest deal ever.

Trump has touted non-stop on Twitter about how he made the biggest deal in the world, and China will be purchasing vast quantities of U.S. farm products in the coming months.

After all, it's an election year, and Trump has to cheerlead, even as skepticism is growing over China's capacity to buy U.S. products, reported South China Morning Post (SCMP).

China's commitment to purchase an additional $200 billion of U.S. goods over the next several years "may be doomed from the start."

Chad Bown, a trade specialist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), said, "a close look at the data shows that the numbers are even more unrealistic than first believed. Even worse, hostilities might renew, leading to a re-escalation of trade tensions currently on hold."

Much of the skepticism of trade purchases by China is from their repeated statements on how import purchases from the deal will be based on market conditions. This was reiterated by Li Xingqian, head of the foreign trade department, on Tuesday, who said, "we will expand imports from the United States based on the principles of the market and World Trade Organization rules and will not affect imports from other countries."

Much of the demand will be based on China's economy, and with growth slumping to three-decade lows in 2019 – a surge in demand for U.S. products will be challenging for Chinese importers.

China's State Grid, the largest utility company in the country, warned that economic growth could plunge to 4% within the next four years, according to internal forecasts.

Andrei Agapi, associate pricing director for agriculture at S&P Global Platts in Singapore, told the SCMP that if "China says it's down to market conditions, then the U.S. will have to be competitive. And the reality is that the U.S. is not competitive by a long shot already, and it hasn't been before either."

Agapi said since China offered tariff waivers on U.S. soybeans imports last fall, the price has risen past Brazilian beans, which would entice the Chinese to ditch U.S. markets for ones in Latin America because of cost factors.

We've noted how China has been actively diversifying farm purchases away from the U.S. towards Brazil and Argentina.



Peter Meyer, head of grain and oilseed analytics at S&P Global Platts, said when we spoke with Chinese bean traders in the interior of the country, there's pessimism developing that "there is no way they could even run that much in the country – it would throw the entire domestic supply chain into disarray."

Traders told SCMP that if China had to bite the bullet and buy U.S. farm goods despite market conditions – then it would do so via state trading companies like COFCO.

Agapi said China has already purchased 50% of its soybean demand for the year from Latin America. Furthermore, he said demand this year will be lower because the African swine fever wiped out at least half of the country's pig herd.

Andrew Tilton, Goldman Sachs' chief economist for Asia-Pacific, said Tuesday that "it would obviously take political will and maybe some easing of import restrictions in a couple of areas".

"The surprise for us in the official document was that the amount on the agriculture side is less and the energy side was more. That might be relevant because there were a couple of sectors where orders would count as purchases. There are often long-term energy contracts that are signed, but it's less typical in the agricultural space to see that," Tilton said.

Bown said 28% of U.S. exports to China are part of industries not covered by the new trade agreement, and this could mean these exports are slashed while sourced from other countries.

"Thus, in legal terms, China has little incentive to import those US$51.6 billion of uncovered products from the U.S. in 2020 or 2021," he said.

Bown warned: "To compensate angry trading partners aggrieved because of the trade diversion, China could purchase more uncovered products from them and reduce imports from the United States. That would be painful for American companies and workers whose products Trump has chosen not to put into this agreement."

More or less, the trade agreement will likely be broken after the election, and the trade war will resume.

So the entire trade deal is meaningless.
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McConnell Gives Democrats Just Two Days For Trump Impeachment Trial In Senate

by Tyler Durden
Tue, 01/21/2020 - 05:15
source: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/mcconnell-gives-democrats-just-two-days-trump-impeachment-trial-senate

House impeachment managers will have just two days to prosecute their case against President Donald Trump according to a resolution circulated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in a move meant to accelerates the timetable for a trial Republicans intend to end in a speedy acquittal. President Trump’s team will also have two days to present their arguments and then senators will have a chance to ask questions and consider subpoenas of witnesses.


Ben Siegel

@benyc
Here’s the @senatemajldr resolution outlining how the impeachment trial will proceed:



According to The Hill, both sides will have 24 hours to make their first round of arguments, the same amount of time House impeachment managers and Bill Clinton’s lawyers received in 1999, but it limits them to just two days each, instead of the three allowed in Bill Clinton's impeachment trial more than 20 years ago.  A Senate GOP leadership aide noted that prosecutors in the Clinton trial didn’t use all of their allotted time and finished their opening arguments within three days.

The resolution does not require additional witnesses to be subpoenaed, much to the anger of Democrats, and does not allow House prosecutors to admit evidence into the Senate trial record until after the opening arguments are heard. The rules would also allow the president’s team to seek a quick dismissal of the charges, though many Republican senators have said they should at least hear the case.

In response, the top Senate Democrat, Charles Schumer quickly pushed back and vowed to force votes on amendments. “Sen. McConnell’s resolution is nothing short of a national disgrace,” Schumer said in a statement Monday afternoon, further accusing McConnell of casting aside public statements that he would use the same rules as under the Clinton trial, adding that the majority leader is clearly “hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing the trial through.”

Schumer also said in a statement Monday evening that he will offer amendments to alter “the many flaws” in a “deeply unfair proposal,” as well as to subpoena further witnesses and documents.

The resolution also includes language favored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and other GOP moderates requiring a debate and vote on subpoenaing new witnesses and documents.

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, who worked with McConnell and Collins to modify the resolution, said it “guarantees a vote on whether we need additional evidence at the appropriate time."

Schumer argues that forcing House managers to cram their opening arguments into a two-day window will force them to present on the Senate floor well into the evening and possibly past midnight.

“McConnell’s resolution stipulates that key facts be delivered in the wee hours of the night simply because he doesn’t want the American people to hear them,” Schumer said.

According to the resolution, House managers will be allowed to begin their arguments 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

In response, a Senate GOP leadership aide told the Hill that in 1999, the House prosecutors and the president’s defense team each used fewer than 12 hours over a three-day period. “This resolution provides the same time but more structure for the arguments,” the aide said. The resolution also provides 16 hours for senators to ask questions.

In another departure from the 1999 organizing resolution, McConnell’s measure does not allow evidence from the House impeachment inquiry to be entered into the Senate trial record until after the question of additional witnesses and documents receives consideration. McConnell reportedly did this in response to Trump’s lawyers not having the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses at the House hearings.

"The White House was denied due process throughout the 12 weeks of partisan House proceedings," the source said.

Additionally, according to McConnell’s resolution if the Senate votes at the end of phase one against subpoenaing witnesses, then it will not be possible to consider additional motions on specific witnesses. Democrats have said they want to subpoena former national security adviser John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, senior White House adviser Robert Blair and senior Office of Management Budget official Michael Duffey.

The Senate will vote on the resolution Tuesday.

Schumer called on moderate Republican colleagues to reconsider McConnell’s aggressive timeline: “Any senator that votes for the McConnell resolution will be voting to hide information and evidence,” he said in his statement.

“I will be offering amendments to address the many flaws in this deeply unfair proposal and to subpoena the witnesses and documents we have requested,” he added.

The White House immediately backed McConnell’s rules, but didn’t indicate whether it would press a quick vote on a motion to dismiss.

"Protecting the president’s rights to offer pretrial motions was critical for us to support the package, and we’re very gratified with the resolution,” said Eric Ueland, the White House’s liaison to Congress. “I’m not going to talk about trial strategy publicly."

“It makes sense” to file a motion to dismiss because in every criminal case where there is no wrongdoing, you should try and get a dismissal, Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s defense team, said in an interview Monday evening.

Earlier on Monday, the White House and impeachment managers from the House of Representatives released a pair of filings where both sides argued that constitutional separation of powers is at stake in the trial.

The president’s 171-page filing contends that the House failed to prove that the president explicitly linked aid for Ukraine to an investigation Trump sought into political rival and former Vice President Joe Biden. And the president’s lawyers argued that the Senate should swiftly reject the impeachment articles.

R ~ Schumer, tribe sayanim doing what he can to vilify Trump. For all his rhetoric his allegiance to the (((deep state))) is clear.
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Russia Terms US Assassination of General Soleimani against Human Rights Norms

Tue Jan 21, 2020
source: https://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13981101000965



TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko blasted the US assassination of former IRGC Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani as an illegal act in violation of human rights.

Rudenko made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Ambassador to Russia Kazzem Jalali in Moscow on Tuesday.

He described Iran as an important and friendly state, stressing Moscow's determination to further expand bilateral relations with Tehran.

Jalali, for his part, underlined the Iranian officials' willingness to broaden ties with Moscow, and stressed, "The regional conditions necessitate continued consultations and cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation on different issues, specially in Central Asia and the Caucasus region."

Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike on Baghdad International Airport in Iraq on January 3.

The airstrike also martyred Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), or Hashad al-Shaabi. The two were martyred in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.

Five Iranian and five Iraqi militaries were martyred by missiles fired by the US drone at Baghdad International Airport.

On January 8, the IRGC Aerospace Force started heavy ballistic missile attacks on US Ein Al-Assad airbase in Southwestern Iraq near the border with Syria and a US operated airbase in Erbil in retaliation for the US assassination of General Soleimani.

Ein Al-Assad is an airbase with a 4km runway at 188m altitude from sea levels, which is the main and the largest US airbase in Iraq. Early reports said the radar systems and missile defense shields in Ein Al-Assad failed to operate and intercept the Iranian missiles. Unofficial reports said the US army's central radar systems at Ein Al-Assad had been jammed by electronic warfare.

The second IRGC reprisal attack targeted a US military base near Erbil airport in Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the second leg of "Martyr Soleimani" reprisal operation.

Iraq said the attacks had not taken any toll from its army men stationed at these two bases. The US army had blocked entrance into Ein Al-Assad to everyone, including the Iraqi army.

It was the first direct attack on the US army ever since world war two.

The IRGC officials said none of the missiles had been intercepted.

R ~ The USG has long snapped the chains of Law, both in the united States of America and internationally.

 
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The World Below / Syrian fighters abandon Libyan War, flee towards Italy: report
« Last post by Rudi Jan on January 21, 2020, 09:06:16 AM »
Syrian fighters abandon Libyan War, flee towards Italy: report

By News Desk -2020-01-21
source: https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/syrian-fighters-abandon-libyan-war-flee-towards-italy-report/



BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – Some Syrian fighters that went to fight in Libya have since abandoned the war and fled to Italy, opposition media sites claimed, as cited by Al-Watan.

According to the reports, at least 17 of the Syrian fighters have already arrived in Italy after spending a short period of time inside Libya.

The reports said that the Syrian fighters intentionally accepted the deployment to Libya in order to later escape into Italy.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), some 2,400 Syrian fighters have already traveled to Libya thus far.

Another 1,200 fighters from a number of factions in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are expected to make their way to Libya in the coming weeks.

Last month, Bloomberg News released a story about Turkey offering contracts to Syrian fighters in order to help the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).

Since then, several fighters have been seen inside of Libya, most notably near the capital city of Tripoli.

R ~ I find the term 'Libyan fighters' a misnomer. These are the domestic terrorists that joined up with ISIS. From Libya to Italy to...? They will likely be granted refugee status in western nations who have supported and financed ISIS since the Syrian war began if Canada's government policy is any indication.
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The World Below / Ukrainian prosecutor Shokin heavily investigated Burisma
« Last post by Rudi Jan on January 21, 2020, 08:58:26 AM »
Ukrainian prosecutor Shokin heavily investigated Burisma, but media ate up Biden’s story he didn’t fight corruption

21 Jan, 2020 16:01 / Updated 57 minutes ago
source: https://www.rt.com/news/478817-biden-oust-ukrainian-prosecutor-documentary-berruyer/


(L) Viktor Shokin © Global Look Press/ZUMAPRESS/Sergii Kharchenko; (С) Joe Biden © REUTERS/Mike Blake; (R) Yuriy Lutsenko
© Global Look Press/ZUMAPRESS/Nazar Furyk


The Ukrainian prosecutor who Joe Biden pushed to oust had six cases against Burisma but they fizzled out after he left, a new documentary shows challenging the narrative by the former vice president that the media failed to check.

When Joe Biden lobbied Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to replace Viktor Shokin with Yuriy Lutsenko in 2015, his entourage claimed that Shokin had failed to thoroughly investigate corruption, and by pushing for his replacement “saint” Biden even acted against his family’s interests.

But the second episode of the documentary series ‘UkraineGate: Inconvenient facts’ produced by French investigative journalist Olivier Berruyer, founder of popular anti-corruption and economics blog Les Crises, shows information that undermines this narrative.

The American media reported that Shokin’s case against Ukrainian energy company Burisma had gone “dormant,” and that by pressing for Lutsenko’s appointment, Biden was quashing corruption, even if that meant subjecting his own son to investigation in the process. Hunter Biden was on the company’s board from 2014 till 2019. However, documents collected by Berruyer show that Shokin’s Burisma probe was far from “dormant.” Shokin himself even told ABC News that his office had six investigations into Burisma open at the time of his resignation.

Lutsenko, he said, “stopped all those cases.”

ABC didn’t air this part of the interview, and the American media – including the Washington Post and the New York Times – continue to label Shokin’s investigation “dormant,” despite a number of publicly available documents showing otherwise and presented in the documentary.

One day after Lutsenko’s appointment, Biden called Poroshenko to welcome the announcement, and to inform him that the US would move forward with a $1 billion aid loan to Ukraine.

The cases against Burisma and its head Mykola Zlochevsky were closed under Lutsenko for various reasons. The company paid around $7 million in taxes, but it’s a fraction of the $70 million that Lutsenko himself said the company owed.

Berruyer does not claim that Shokin is an incorruptible public servant, and says that there are two hypotheses for the reasons for investigation. Either he wanted to punish criminal activity, or he may have been motivated to pursue the Burisma case to seize the assets of the company’s founder, Mykola Zlochevsky, before shaking the oligarch down for a bribe.

“In any case, this issue doesn’t change anything about the main point, Joe Biden’s involvement. Since the investigations were moving forward, he de facto helped the oligarch, voluntarily or not,” Berruyer said.
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Thousands Turkish Proxy Fighters Flood Into Libya Amid Berlin Peace Talks

20.01.2020
source: https://southfront.org/thousands-turkish-proxy-fighters-flood-into-libya-amid-berlin-peace-talks/



Turkey is increasing its military involvement in the Libyan conflict. After officially sending its military advisers and officers to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Turkey set up air defense systems near Mitiga Airport. The airport hosts warplanes of the GNA Air Force, and Turkish-supplied Bayraktar TB2 combat drones. According to photos and videos available online, the deployed Turkish systems included the MIM-23 Hawk, the ACV-30 Korkut SPAAG, and the AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel 3D radar.

Since the start of the advance of the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar on Tripoli in April 2019, Mitiga Airport repeatedly became a target of airstrikes. These strikes led to notable losses in GNA military aircraft. The Turkish move is apparently aimed at securing operations from Mitiga Airport. Despite this, the facility still remains too close to the frontline and thus any aircraft deployed there remains in a constant danger.

Meanwhile, the number of members of Turkish-backed Syrian militant groups deployed in Libya reportedly grew to 2,400. According to reports, 1,700 more Syrian fighters are now passing training in military camps in Turkey before being deployed to fight on the side of the GNA. The total number of Turkish proxies in Libya remains unconfirmed. However, photos and videos appearing online indicate that hundreds of Turkish-backed fighters arrive Libya via planes on a regular basis.

On January 18, the Benghazi-based government allied with the LNA blocked oil exports at ports under his control, slashing output by more than a half. According to Libya’s National Oil Corp., oil output will fall by about 800,000 barrels a day, costing $55 million daily. The corporation declared Force Majeure, which can allow Libya, which holds Africa’s largest-proven oil reserves, to legally suspend delivery contracts. The LNA says that the ports were closed in response to ‘demands of the Libyan nation’ that stands against the GNA-requested Turkish intervention.

The move came ahead the Berlin conference demonstrated to international players the LNA readiness to provide own course regardless the possible cost. The conference took place on January 19 involving top delegations from the GNA, the LNA, as well as global and regional players, including the USA, Turkey, the UAE, Egypt, Russia, France, Italy and Germany.

The participants of the Berlin conference declared their support the ceasefire between the GNA, the LNA, declared their commitment to a political solution of the conflict. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the warring sides in Libya’s conflict agreed to respect an arms embargo and not to provide the varying sides with military support. The representatives of the Libyan conflict agreed to form a five-by-five military commission that should work on resolving the existing tensions. The document on Libya will have to be approved by the UN Security Council. This makes the Libyan peace process dependent on other geopolitical issues.

On top of that, the unconditional ceasefire goes against interests of the LNA, which has an upper hand in an open military confrontation with the GNA. Haftar may regret that he agreed to participate in the Berlin negotiations format, where he faced a joint pressure from Western powers involved in the conflict.
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Multiple rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone, trigger sirens at US embassy

20 Jan, 2020 21:34 / Updated 7 hours ago
source: https://www.rt.com/news/478751-rockets-baghdad-green-zone/


FILE PHOTO: A general view of the US Embassy at the Green zone in Baghdad, Iraq ©  Reuters / stringer

Three rockets have exploded inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the US Embassy and other foreign diplomatic facilities. No casualties have been reported.

At least two explosions went off near the US Embassy on Monday night, while a third rocket also landed elsewhere in the Green Zone complex, according to security sources. The attack was launched from a district on the outskirts of Baghdad.

Video footage circulating on social media appeared to show an area near the complex, where emergency sirens could be heard blaring.

The attack comes on the heels of a series of similar incidents in recent weeks, with another rocket salvo fired near Camp Taji – a US coalition base north of Baghdad – last Tuesday, wounding at least one Iraqi soldier. Days prior, eight Katyusha rockets hit the Al-Balad air base, another facility housing US troops, injuring four Iraqi personnel. No group has taken responsibility for the attacks.
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Striking Paris Opera artists perform outdoor concert against pension reforms – while Macron flees theater amid protests

18 Jan, 2020 17:47 / Updated 5 minutes ago
source: https://www.rt.com/news/478604-paris-opera-strike-concert-pension-france/


Saturday's strike outside the Palais Garnier. © STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP

As France marked its 45th consecutive day of strikes on Saturday, hundreds of artists from the Paris Opera performed a stunning outdoor concert in front of the Palais Garnier to voice their opposition to pension reform measures.
Approximately 200 theater workers staged the dramatic demonstration in front of an enthusiastic crowd, with the impressive opera house acting as a fitting backdrop, on a bright afternoon in the French capital.

Large crowds of Parisiens turned out to support the strikers and watch the performance, which saw the artists play arrangements from the Trojan March by Hector Berlioz and Carmen by Georges Bizet.

The prestigious opera house has been on strike since December 5 as part of the industrial action against pension reforms that have swept France. Critics of the pension measures say they will force millions of people to work longer for a smaller pension. 

The remarkable display at the Palais Garnier came after French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife were rushed from the Bouffes du Nord theater on Friday night due to demonstrations.

Approximately 30 protesters tried to enter the theater in the 10th district of Paris after audience members tweeted that the Macron’s were present for the performance of ‘The Fly.’ Riot police rushed to the scene, and the Macrons “were secured” for several minutes.

"All together, general strike," the demonstrators shouted during the hour-long stand-off before the president and his wife left the scene under police escort.

Yellow vests

Saturday also saw French police fire tear gas at ‘Yellow Vest’ protesters, as Paris again saw thousands of demonstrators march through the streets.

‘Yellow Vests’ shouted slogans criticizing Macron and his pension reforms during the latest installment of the weekly demonstrations which have been held every Saturday since November 2018.



"The street is ours," protesters chanted, according to AFP. "Macron, we're going to come for you, in your home."

Police said 15 people were arrested as they attempted to disperse a group leading a demonstration in northern Paris.
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The World Below / US military says 11 US troops wounded in Iranian missile attack
« Last post by Rudi Jan on January 17, 2020, 06:10:01 PM »
US military says 11 US troops wounded in Iranian missile attack despite earlier denials

Friday, 17 January 2020 7:27 AM  [ Last Update: Friday, 17 January 2020 8:17 AM ]
source: https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/01/17/616392/11-troops-wounded-Iranian-missile-attack


A picture taken on January 13, 2020 during a press tour shows a view of the damage at the Ain al-Asad military
airbase housing US and other foreign troops in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. (Photo by AFP)


The United States military has said that 11 of its troops were wounded in an Iranian retaliatory missile attack last week despite Washington's initial claim denying casualties.

"While no US service members were killed in the January 8 Iranian attack on al-Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blasts and are still being assessed," US Central Command spokesman Captain Bill Urban said in a statement on Thursday.

On January 8, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) fired volleys of ballistic missiles at Ain al-Asad, a large airbase hosting about 1,500 US troops, and another outpost in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan.

The missile operation was in response to Washington's January 3 assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who led the IRGC’s Quds Force.

The assassination also resulted in the death of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).


IRGC targets US airbases in Iraq in response to assassination of General Soleimani
Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has targeted US airbases in Iraq.


Speaking on the morning following Iran's reciprocal military operation, US President Donald Trump had said that "no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack".

"We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases," he added.

The Pentagon had also initially ruled out any casualties from the attack.

Speaking on Thursday, however, Urban said US soldiers injured from the Iranian missile strikes had been taken to US bases outside Iraq for further treatment "out of an abundance of caution".

"At this time, eight individuals have been transported to Landstuhl, and three have been transported to Camp Arifjan," he said, referring to Washington's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.

The development marks the latest report in a string of recent revelations undermining initial US claims downplaying casualties and damage following Iran's retaliatory missile attack.


Evidence suggests US lied about Iranian strikes on US facilities in Iraq
Evidence suggests the US lied about Iranian strikes on its bases in Iraq as the damage caused is far more extensive than what the American officials say.


Reports and satellite images have gradually revealed what US media have described as "extensive" damage at the base.


Report: Damage from Iran strikes 'much greater' than US admits
The report cites Danish soldiers as commenting in an interview with a Danish TV 2 correspondent


On Wednesday, the AFP reported that US drone operators stationed in Ain al-Asad had lost access to US military drones for about nine hours after the base sustained damage during the Iranian missile strikes.


Accepting fate, US soldiers ‘were left blind to events’ as Iran missiles hit their base in Iraq
A report says moments after volleys of Iranian missiles began to hit Iraq


Speaking on Thursday, head of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said dozens of US troops had been killed and injured in the operation.

According to Hajizadeh, the US military conducted at least nine sorties of C-130 flights after the missile strikes, taking wounded personnel to Jordan and Israel while Chinook helicopters transferred the injured to the US hospital in Baghdad.

'Daesh delighted about Soleimani assassination'

Many observers have highlighted that Washington's provocations in Iraq, notably the assassination of Gen. Soleimani, benefits Daesh in Iraq.

Earlier this week, the leading US daily New York Times said that the assassination had "delighted" the foreign-backed terrorist group.

The report said the assassination could lead to the further destabilization of the country and create room for the terrorist group's reemergence.

"General Soleimani’s death will have its (Daesh) leaders rubbing their hands in anticipation," for a resurgence, the newspaper said.

General Soleimani played a major role in advising Iraqi forces to successfully push back Daesh after the terror group swept over large parts of the country in 2014.

After being vanquished in Iraq, the terrorist group's presence is currently limited to dispersed cells operating in more remote areas of the country.
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