Iran Crisis: Tehran launches missile attack and President Trump responds – BBC News

President Trump says Iran appears to be standing down after it launched more than 20 missiles at Iraqi bases where US troops are stationed. He urged countries – including the UK – to send a “clear and united message” to Iran that its “campaign of terror” will no longer be tolerated.

The ballistic missiles were launched from the western Kermanshah Province in response to the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani by the US.

Al-Asad airbase in Iraq’s Anbar province was hit 17 times, including two missiles that failed to detonate. According to the Iraqi government, a further five missiles were targeted at a base in Irbil. Both the UK and American governments have said none of their citizens were killed or injured.

In his address this afternoon Donald Trump said the US would impose additional sanctions on Iran.

Meanwhile, just hours after the Iranian missile attacks a Ukrainian passenger plane, carrying 176 people – including 3 Britons, crashed shortly after take-off in Iran. There were no survivors.

The majority of passengers on the Boeing airliner were from Iran and Canada. Several airlines have now said they will avoid Iranian airspace.

Coverage presented by Sophie Raworth with reports by Jeremy Bowen, Nick Bryant, Laura Kuenssberg and Tom Burridge.

Produced for the BBC News at Ten.

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In This Story: Iran

Iran, also called Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. Its central location in Eurasia and proximity to the Strait of Hormuz give it significant geostrategic importance. Tehran is the capital and largest city.

Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The Iranian Revolution established the current Islamic Republic in 1979.

Iran’s political system combines elements of a presidential democracy and an Islamic theocracy. Iran is a founding member of the UN, ECO, OIC, and OPEC. It is a major regional and middle power and has large reserves of fossil fuels — including the world’s largest natural gas supply and the third largest proven oil reserves.

The country’s rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Historically a multi-ethnic country, Iran remains a pluralistic society comprising numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups, the largest being Persians, Azeris, Kurds, Mazandaranis and Lurs.

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