Iran performed a little pinprick by striking U.S. bases in Iraq, without inflicting casualties, because it was afraid of how President Trump might respond. Trump smartly declined to escalate with a military response, and the mission of killing Iranian Gen. Solemeini and making Iran think twice before harming Americans has been accomplished.
According to the Washington Post:
The Iranian missile strike on American locations in Iraq on Tuesday was a calibrated event intended to cause minimal American casualties, give the Iranians a face-saving measure and provide an opportunity for both sides to step back from the brink of war, according to senior U.S. officials in Washington and the Middle East.
White House officials were bracing as early as Tuesday morning for Iran to respond to the U.S. killing last week of Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force.
U.S. officials said they knew by Tuesday afternoon that Iran intended to strike at American targets in Iraq, although it was not immediately clear exactly which they would choose.
The early warning came from intelligence sources as well as communications from Iraq that conveyed Iran’s intentions to launch the strike, officials said.AD
Iran state TV airs video claiming to show missiles being launched at bases in IraqVideo aired by Iranian state TV reportedly showed the launch of multiple ballistic missiles from an undisclosed location in Iran on Jan. 8. (IRINN)
“We knew, and the Iraqis told us, that this was coming many hours in advance,” said a senior administration official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence and diplomatic communications.
“We had intelligence reports several hours in advance that the Iranians were seeking to strike the bases,” the official said.
That gave military commanders time to get U.S. troops into safe, fortified positions at the bases.