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Iran missile strikes put ball in Trump's court - but give him breathing space

If there are US casualties, President Donald Trump may feel compelled to enforce his red line against shedding American blood. PHOTO: REUTERS
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WASHINGTON - Iran and the United States took another step towards an undeclared war on Wednesday (Jan 8) when Teheran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a series of missiles at the joint US-Iraqi Ain al-Asad base in Iraq.

But with Iran saying it does not want escalation, and President Donald Trump tweeting "All is well!" and that he would make a statement on Wednesday morning in the US, there is some hope for breathing space.

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