There is an explosion outside the US embassy! An important signal sounds over the White House. Doubts of war have turned around?
Late at night on the 8th local time, around 5 am Beijing time today, two huge explosions suddenly came out in the direction of the "green zone" of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, and the air defense warning sounded.
According to Iraqi security services, two Katyusha rockets struck, at least one of which landed near the U.S. embassy, but reportedly caused no casualties. The "Green Zone" is located in the center of Baghdad and is home to Iraqi government agencies and embassies in Iraq.
Satellite images show damage to Assad Air Base on the 8th local time. In retaliation for the killing of Iranian military commander Suleimani by Iranian forces, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards fired dozens of missiles at two Iraqi military bases with US forces . The U.S. side said the attack did not cause U.S. casualties.
Reuters recently released a set of satellite images comparing Assad Air Force Base before and after the attack. On the left is a satellite image of Assad Air Force Base before the attack on December 25 last year, and on the right is the image after the 8th attack. It can be seen that some buildings at Assad Air Force Base were significantly damaged.
Trump: Embrace peace with all countries seeking peace US President Trump addressed the White House on the 8th, saying that the attack did not cause US casualties and the US will immediately impose new economic sanctions on Iran.
U.S. President Trump said that due to early precautionary measures such as decentralization and the use of an effective early warning system, neither the U.S. nor Iraqi personnel were killed or injured in the attack, and the Iraqi military bases with U.S. troops were only "minimum damage". At present, Iran seems to be "closing", which is a "good thing" for the parties concerned and the world.
Trump said that the US will immediately impose new economic sanctions on Iran and the sanctions will continue until Iran changes its practices.
US President Trump: No American was harmed in the attack by the Iranian regime last night, and we have no casualties. All our soldiers are safe and the military bases have suffered very little damage.
But in the end, Trump extended an "olive branch" to Iran. He said that the United States ’approach to fighting extremist organizations is in Iran ’s interest. The United States and Iran should cooperate in this area and other areas of common interest. He“ hopes Iran has a bright future ”.
US President Trump: Finally, I would like to say to the Iranian people and Iranian leaders, we hope you have a future, a beautiful future, a future that you deserve, and a prosperous future that lives in harmony with all countries in the world. Ready to embrace peace with all nations seeking peace.
Khamenei: Iran hits enemy's face heavily Iran ’s supreme leader, Khamenei 8, issued a televised speech during the day saying that Iran ’s missile attack “hit the enemy ’s face heavily”.
Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei: We hit the United States heavily.
Khamenei said that similar military operations are not enough, and what is more important is to "terminate the US presence in the region."
On the same day, Iranian President Rouhani also vowed in his speech to drive all U.S. troops out of the Middle East, saying that this was "real revenge" on the assassination of a senior general in his country. Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif also said on the same day that the United States has "less time in the Middle East".
As for the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard ’s retaliation against U.S. military bases on the early morning of the 8th, Iranian people generally support it.
Iranian people: This is a response to American crimes. It is necessary to make them understand that they cannot bully us, and we do not accept threats and oppression.
Iranian people: We are glad to see retaliation against the United States. We are not militant, but we must fight back.
Iran Takes Retaliation or Provides Opportunity for Downgrade of Conflict US stocks ended higher on Wednesday after Trump spoke, with the S & P 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index hitting new intraday highs. At the same time, international oil prices have fallen sharply, and international gold prices, which have recently climbed to the highest level in the past seven years, have also pulled back slightly. At present, what are the expectations of the international market for the follow-up development of US-Iran relations, and what aspects are they focusing on? CNBC Ye Wenduo interpreted it.
Although Iran ’s launch of missiles at the Iraqi base with US forces did initially cause a certain degree of panic to the financial market, this did not last long, on the one hand because, to some extent, Iran ’s “revenge” was originally Within the market's expectations, what is uncertain is when and how to counterattack, so some people believe that after Iran's actions have been launched and emotions have been released, it has provided an opportunity for the downgrade of the conflict.
Richard Schmiller, chairman of the US Middle East Policy Committee: So this may be an opportunity. With no casualties, the two sides can now say that we have done something and can close it.
So we saw an upward trend in U.S. stocks opening overnight. Subsequently, US President Trump gave a speech, revealing that the United States would not immediately respond by force, and expressed a certain willingness to negotiate. This has further consolidated the rally in the stock market, and at the same time, international oil and gold prices have fallen back.
Although the market is still worried about Iran's closure of the Strait of Hormuz, Iran has not used energy as a retaliation tool to date, which has suppressed the crude oil bulls to a certain extent and curbed the rise in oil prices. Generally speaking, so far, the response of the entire financial market to this round of US-Iran conflict has been a relatively typical cyclical performance.
Jeffrey Kleintorp, Chief Investment Strategist, Charles Schwab: This is almost a textbook response from the market to the U.S. military strike. Generally speaking, there will be a mild but significant negative reaction on the first day. The next In five days, the market can usually make up for these losses, and now, this situation has happened again.
For this round of US-Iraq conflict, the market focused on two keywords, one is "retaliation" and the other is "upgrading." Some market analysts said that if it was just retaliation from Iran, the impact may be short-term, but once the two sides conflict Upgrading will have a longer-term impact. Regarding the launch of missiles, Iran stated that it was a slap to the United States, but it was not enough. There were also market views that this was just the beginning of Iran's retaliation.
News background: Iran and the U.S. report injustice to the Middle East. Tensions in the Middle East escalate. Iran's "retaliation" action has continued to ferment the U.S.-Israeli dispute. What exactly caused Iran and the United States to "give their teeth, and their eyes to their eyes"?
Conflict Begins: US Air Strikes Shiite Armed Facilities, U.S. Embassy in Iraq Impacted
On December 29, 2019, in retaliation for a previous attack by U.S. military personnel in Iraq, the U.S. forces carried out air strikes on 5 facilities in Shi’ite armed group Hezbollah located in Iraq and Syria, killing at least 25 people and 51 Injured. The US military points out that Allah Brigade is closely related to the "Holy City Brigade" under the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. On the 31st, Iraqi demonstrators violently attacked the U.S. embassy in Iraq to protest against the U.S. air strike that caused the death of Iraqi people. The US accuses the attack on the embassy of being planned by Iran and says Iran will pay for it.
Deterioration: US "assassinates" Iranian commander Suleimani
On January 3, 2020, US President Trump ordered the launch of rockets at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq to "assassinate" the commander of the "Holy City Brigade" under the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard, Kassim Suleimani. Iran's supreme leader Khamenei issued a statement saying that the Iranian side will "toughly avenge" the incident. On the 4th, US President Trump issued a warning to Iran that if Iran attacked US personnel or facilities, the United States would slam Iran ’s 52 targets.
Dispute escalation: Iran takes a series of "retaliatory" actions. On January 5, 2020, the Iranian government announced that it would abandon the last key limitation in the Iran nuclear agreement, which is "the limit on the number of centrifuges." On the 7th, the Iranian parliament passed an urgent motion that day to list the US Army and the US Department of Defense as "terrorist organizations."
In the early morning of the 8th, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards fired dozens of missiles at two US military bases in Iraq. Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif later said that the move was in retaliation for a previous US attack on senior Iranian military officials.