Trump pulls back from war with Iran in national address

President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the White House on the ballistic missile strike that Iran launched against Iraqi air bases housing US troops, January 8, 2020, in Washington.

The vote comes after top Trump administration officials briefed Congress on Soleimani's killing Wednesday. Lee said comments in the briefing felt like being told to be "good little boys and girls and run along and not debate this in public".

"That's why I had the occasion this morning to have a long discussion with president Rouhani to see how it is possible for the European Union to play a stronger role in the region", Michel said.

He said that Iran, in targeting the al-Asad air base in the western Iraqi desert, "put 11 large rockets with 1,000-pound, 2,000-pound (more than 900-kilogram) warheads in it, but we took sufficient defensive measures". Lee and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

But Democrats, and two Senate Republicans, have expressed deep skepticism about the administration's rationale for killing general Qasem Soleimani, and are demanding Congress reassert its power over a commander in chief's use of American military might against another nation. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other leading Democrats are too preoccupied with how President Trump ordered the strike without first consulting them.

Iran's UN Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi on Thursday also dismissed Washington's calls for cooperation, saying it was "unbelievable" in light of United States sanctions against Tehran. One concern was that voting to end spending for military operations could hurt American service members.

Iran gave Iraq advance notice A recent article claims that the United States had an early warning system that gave time for troops to get out of harms way: "The extent of damage to the bases was not immediately clear, but early-warning defense systems gave U.S. forces advance knowledge that missiles had been launched, according to a U.S. official speaking to USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity".

Trump signaled Wednesday he was stepping back from the brink of war with the Islamic republic after a United States drone strike that killed its top commander was followed by Iranian missile volleys against bases housing American forces in Iraq. But Trump could veto any such congressional resolution, with lawmakers unlikely to muster the necessary two-thirds majority to override such a move.

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Trump's announcement that he is imposing yet more sanctions against Iran shows there is no shift in the USA strategy, said Rand Corps' Kaye.

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.

"The challenge that the president faces in getting North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies more involved is that without US force protection, our allies can not sustain themselves in Iraq", said Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that only 15 of the 97 senators attending were able to ask questions before it ended abruptly.

"They agreed that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could contribute more to regional stability and the fight against worldwide terrorism", North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said in a statement.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab held talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday.

The resolution being voted on would reassert Congress's authority to declare war by mandating that absent additional congressional action, the Trump administration's military hostilities against Iran cease within 30 days.

Teheran's foreign minister said this "concluded" Iran's response to his death.

  • Sonia Alvarado