Hours after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement calling for urgent prayers "that our world's leaders will pursue dialogue and seek peace". The missile attacks were in retaliation to the USA assassination of IRGC Quds Force chief Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani on January in Baghdad.
The Iranian missiles targeted the Al Asad Airbase in Anbar province and a base in Erbil. The bases house USA troops.
As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend USA personnel, partners, and allies in the region.
His death marked a dramatic escalation in tensions between the US and Iran, which have often been at a fever pitch since President Donald Trump chose in 2018 to unilaterally withdraw Washington from a 2015 nuclear pact world powers struck with Tehran. The U.S.is reinforcing its positions in the region.
In a statement on Wednesday, Baqeri said the missile attacks by the IRGC in the early hours of Wednesday against the US military bases in Iraq gave a warning to the U.S.' authorities.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard said the attack was a response to the United States killing of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani lasr Friday, a move that has sparked fresh tensions in the region and raised the prospect of a wider conflict.
Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq.
The US President Donald Trump is being criticized over his threats to attack the cultural sites of Iran.
Germany, Denmark and Norway said none of their troops in Iraq were killed or injured.
While President Trump had stated that any attack against Americans would be met with American military action.
"In recent days he was planning new attacks on American targets, but we stopped him", Trump claimed during his address Wednesday. "I will be making a statement tomorrow morning", Trump tweeted.
Hoffman added that the USA would take "all necessary measures to protect and defend United States personnel, partners, and allies in the region".
Ali Shamkhani told the Tasnim news agency: "The 27 USA bases that are closest to Iran's border are already on high alert; they know that the response is likely to include medium-range & long-range missiles".
Huge crowds in Iran gathered to mourn Soleimani's death last week in the airstrike in Baghdad.