WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is reporting that at least two military bases in Iraq where United States military personal are housed were attacked. The bases are Irbil and Al-Asad.
According to Iranian state television, the attacks are retaliation against the United States, after Iran’s top commander Qasem Soleimani was killed by an American drone strike in Baghdad, on the orders of United States President Donald Trump.
Earlier Tuesday night, the White House reported that the President would likely be addressing the nation. However, apparently the President has decided not to address the nation on Tuesday night.
While President Trump had stated that any attack against Americans would be met with American military action. The President has not been on Twitter tonight. As of 21:24 GMT -5 the President has not tweeted for over seven hours.
There have been no confirmations in terms of casualties. Earlier reports were that no Americans have been wounded or killed.
There has been an immediate economic reaction to the attacks. Prices for crude oil have increased by 4.5% so far to a price of $US65.65 per barrel on the Asian markets. The market appears concerned that the military actions could impact oil supplied from the Middle East.
The price of gold has also risen.