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14 January 2020 Military News

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  • At Least Five Rockets Land Near Iraq Base Hosting US Forces - Reports Sputnik 14 Jan 2020 -- A US-led military coalition said to be backing the Iraqi government in its fight against Daesh terrorists has been training Iraqi army forces for several months at a military base located in Taji. The attack on the Iraqi base comes amid escalating tensions in the region due to the ongoing standoff between the United States and Iran.
  • US-Iran Tensions Play Out on Iraqi Territory VOA 14 Jan 2020 -- The United States has rejected a request by the Iraqi government to pull out troops and has threatened possible sanctions in response to the request. U.S. troops are there to train local forces and fight Islamic State militants, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • Esper Says US Has Legal Authority to Attack Iranian Soil Sputnik 14 Jan 2020 -- The January 3 assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani saw Iran-US tensions soar to new heights, prompting an Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq and briefly sparking fears of a full-blown military conflict in the region.
  • US offers confusing explanations for Soleimani assassination Press TV 14 Jan 2020 -- In an apparent about-face, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the assassination of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was part of a "bigger strategy of deterrence," a shift from President Donald Trump's previous claim that the deadly drone strike was carried out to prevent an "imminent" attack.

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