“Slap on the face” for USA, Iran back fires missiles on US troops at Iraq base: Iran supreme leader

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Dubai: Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing the US troops in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, raising the stakes in its conflict with Washington amid concern of a wider war in the Middle East. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressing a gathering of Iranians chanting “Death to America”, said that the attacks were a “slap on the face” of the United States and US troops should leave the region. Tehran’s foreign minister Jaavad Zarif said that Iran took “proportionate measures” in self-defence and did not seek to escalate the confrontation. The next move appeared to lie with Washington. US President Donald Trump, who ordered the drone strike that killed General Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday, gave an initial response on Twitter: “All is well!.” Casualties and damage from the missile attacks were being assessed and Mr Trump said that he would make a statement on Wednesday.