Iran fired missiles at U.S. forces in non-lethal manner to "save face," expert says

by Adam Ford · Jan 8th, 2020 8:56 am

Iran supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei openly weeps over coffin of Gen. Soleimani

Speaking to the Washington Examiner, Michael Pregent, a former intelligence officer who studies the Middle East at the Hudson Institute, posited that Iran launched missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq in an intentionally non-lethal manner in order to "save face" after the killing of Gen. Soleimani while attempting to avoid severe retaliation from Washington.

Pregent said:

"They picked bases that are really big, where you can hit the base without hitting anyone. Talking to people inside government, they're saying that they think that this was a 'save face' gesture by Iran because they picked big bases and they're using missiles that were accurate enough not to hit something.

Especially since our special operations missions are conducted out of that Erbil joint base. It's probably going to be the one that's most heavily fortified since it is the closest to the [Iranian] border."

? President Trump is scheduled to address the nation Wednesday morning about the attack.


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