The Revolutionary Guard commander said the aim of the missile attack was to "strike the enemy's military machine and command and control center" and claimed that the main building of the USA command center at Al-Asad base was destroyed by the Iranian missiles.
The comments cooled what threatened to become an uncontrolled boiling over of tensions after Trump ordered the killing last Friday of a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani.
Japan has, to a limited affect, attempted to mediate between its US ally and Iran, the latter of which it maintains friendly ties, to try and help deescalate the situation.
"America and the world can not afford war", she said.
Trump's 2018 withdrawal from that agreement and the re-imposition of crippling economic sanctions against Iran fanned tensions between the two countries.
Iran this week fired missiles at Iraqi bases housing American forces, injuring no-one, after the United States last week killed a senior Iranian commander in a Baghdad drone strike.
Also Wednesday, a Ukrainian passenger jet crashed shortly after taking off from Iran's capital killing 167 passengers and nine crew members just hours after Iran's ballistic missile attack. He indicated there was more to come.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that the United States has reestablished some deterrence toward Iran in the wake of the January 3 drone strike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad.
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US Vice-President Mike Pence told CBS News the United States was receiving "encouraging intelligence that Iran is sending messages" to its allied militias not to attack US targets.
Rep. Pramilla Jayapal, D-Wash., agreed that "if there is evidence there, we have not seen it".
Little reminder: Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution stipulates that Congress shall have power "to declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water, to raise and support armies", and also "to make rules for the government & regulation of the land & naval forces". "We continue to believe that Iran is standing down".
Pelosi says Trump's powers must be kept in check.
He said that the "time has come" for Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China to "break away" from the accord, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump's response Trump claimed that there were no deaths or injuries resulting from the Iranian attacks.
Iraqi President Barham Saleh rejected Iraq being a "battlefield for warring sides".
Muhandis was the deputy head of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi, a military network incorporated into the Iraqi state whose factions are backed by Tehran. Several lawmakers have expressed a desire to try to find a way to curb Trump's war powers, and the House was expected to vote Thursday on a resolution.
The war powers resolution gathered momentum after a congressional briefing on Wednesday by administration officials seeking to justify the attack. Trump's remarks, as well as remarks by other senior officials including Vice President Mike Pence, were interpreted as winding down of the standoff between Iran and the United States. I don't think anything can be worse for America than that.
The resolution will likely sail through the House of Representatives, where the Democrats hold the majority, but its passage in the Senate, controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, is less assured.