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Bus plunges into Iranian ravine killing at least 19 people, reports say

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A bus fell into a ravine in northern Iran on Friday, killing at least 19 people and injuring 24, according to Iranian state news agency ISNA.

The brakes on the bus reportedly failed as it was traveling in the Veresk area of Mazandaran province, located roughly 80 miles east of Tehran, officials said.

Among the victims were a pregnant woman and four children under the age of six, the outlet said.

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The vehicle was heading from Tehran to the city of Gonbad, located roughly 310 miles northeast of the capital, when the crash took place, according to the Entekhab newspaper.

An image on social media captured the bus laying on the side of the road with its windows shattered, while a video showed medical personnel attempted to rescue survivors from the deadly scene.

Iran has one of the worse road safety records in the world, with 15,000 people killed annually in traffic accidents, according to the country’s National Disaster Management Organization.

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Back in November, 28 Afghans were killed when two vans collided with each other in the southeastern region of Iran, the BBC reported.

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Iran invites Boeing to probe plane crash that killed 176: Iran state-run TV

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Iranian authorities have invited Boeing to take part in the investigation into a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed in Tehran killing all 176 people on board, Iran’s state-run media reported.

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Abbas Mousavi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, told IRNA news agency Friday that Iran “has invited both Ukraine and the Boeing company to participate in the investigations.”

The report came after the Pentagon and other Western leaders Thursday said intelligence suggested the Ukrainian International Airlines flight was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. The crash happened hours after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting two military bases housing American and coalition troops.

Iran previously said Thursday it would not hand over the plane’s black box to Boeing, which is an American company, or U.S. authorities for analysis.

“We will not give the black box to the manufacturer and the Americans,” Ali Abedzadeh, the head of the Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said, according to BBC News.

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Iranian officials had blamed technical problems with the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Boeing did not immediately respond to an after-hours email and call from Fox News about the report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Niger’s military targeted in Islamic terror attack, at least 25 killed

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Islamic militants in Niger killed at least 25 soldiers during a Thursday assault on a military base, officials said amid a surge of jihadist attacks in the region.

Niger’s defense ministry said 63 jihadist fighters also died in the fighting in the town of Chinagodrar, which sits seven miles from Niger’s border with Mali. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but it bore the hallmarks of an Islamic State-linked group that claimed to be behind a December ambush near the town of Inates.

The deadly attack comes days before French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to meet with Niger’s president, Mahamadou Issoufou, and other West African leaders.

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Leaders from the former French colonies of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger are due to discuss the French military’s role amid an increase in Islamic terrorist attacks. After intervening in 2013 to oust various jihadists from power, France has now launched its biggest overseas military operation in West and Central Africa to assist with the threat.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the special representative and head of the United Nations Office for West Africa, told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that attacks have increased significantly in frequency and in the number killed in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger since 2016.

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More than 4,000 deaths were reported last year, a dramatic increase over the 770 in 2016, he said.

“Most significantly, the geographic focus of terrorist attacks has shifted eastwards from Mali to Burkina Faso and is increasingly threatening West African coastal states,” Chambas said.

In December, at least 70 soldiers were killed in Niger when Islamic militants attacked a military base in one of the country’s deadliest onslaughts in recent history.

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That same month, France announced it killed seven Islamic extremists in Mali in its first armed drone strike. Four American military service members were killed in 2018 during an ambush by militants 30 miles from the sight of the December attack in Niger.

Fox News’ Nick Givas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ukrainian airplane shot down by mistake by Iranian anti-aircraft missile, Pentagon officials believe

The Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s international airport Wednesday was shot down by mistake by an Iranian anti-aircraft missile, Pentagon officials told Fox News.

The revelation comes as Ukrainian investigators reportedly are awaiting permission from Iranian authorities Thursday to examine the crash site and look for missile fragments. Iran has denied that a missile took down the Boeing 737 bound for Kiev, and its officials have blamed a technical malfunction for the aircraft’s demise.

“A strike by a missile, possibly a Tor missile system, is among the main (theories), as information has surfaced on the internet about elements of a missile being found near the site of the crash,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Security Council, told Ukrainian media. He did not elaborate on where he saw the information.

President Trump, when asked Thursday about what could have happened to the Ukrainian International Airlines flight, said “someone could have made a mistake on the other side.”

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Rescue workers search the scene where an Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the Iranian capital of Tehran, on Wednesday. (AP)

UKRAINIAN PLANE CARRYING 176 CRASHES OUTSIDE OF TEHRAN

The Tor is a Russian-made missile system. Russia delivered 29 Tor-M1s to Iran in 2007 as part of a $700 million contract signed in December 2005. Iran has displayed the missiles in military parades as well.

Iran did not immediately respond to the Ukrainian remarks. However, Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, the spokesman of the Iranian armed forces, denied a missile hit the airplane in comments reported Wednesday by the Fars news agency.

He dismissed the allegation as “psychological warfare” by foreign-based Iranian opposition groups.

Newsweek was the first to report that the plane was mistakenly shot down by missiles.

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Rescue workers recover the bodies of victims at the crash site. (AP)

The incident has similarities to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine.

All 298 passengers and crew onboard flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed on July 17, 2014, when a missile shattered the Boeing 777 midair, sending debris and bodies raining down onto farms and fields of sunflowers. The jet in 2014 was shot down by a Soviet-made missile over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, about 25 miles from the Russian border, where fighting had been raging for months between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists.

Danilov also said other possible causes under consideration for Wednesday’s downing included a drone or another flying object crashing into the plane, a terrorist attack or an engine malfunction causing an explosion. However, no terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack and the plane was less than four years old.

The crash came just a few hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack against Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops amid a confrontation with Washington over it killing an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general in a drone strike last week.

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An initial report prepared by Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said Thursday that plane’s crew never made a radio call for help and was trying to turn back for the airport when it went down.

The Ukrainian International Airlines flight took off at 6:12 a.m. Wednesday, after nearly an hour’s delay at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport, the main airport for travelers in Iran. It gained altitude heading west, reaching nearly 8,000 feet, according to both the report and flight-tracking data.

Then something went wrong, though “no radio messages were received from the pilot regarding unusual situations,” the report said. In emergencies, pilots reach out to air-traffic controllers to warn them and to clear the runway for their arrival, though their first priority is to keep the aircraft flying.

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Eyewitnesses, including the crew of another flight passing above it, described seeing the plane engulfed in flames before crashing at 6:18 a.m., the report said. Flight-tracking data for the plane stopped before the crash, which occurred in the town of Shahedshahr to the northeast of the plane’s last reported position. That’s the wrong direction of the flight plan, the Associated Press says, bolstering the report’s claim that the pilots tried to turn the aircraft back to the airport.

The crash caused a massive explosion when the plane hit the ground, likely because the aircraft had been fully loaded with fuel for the flight to Kyiv, Ukraine.

But the report also confirmed that both of the “black boxes” that contain data and cockpit communications from the plane had been recovered, though they sustained damage and some parts of their memory was lost. It also said that investigators have initially ruled out laser or electromagnetic interference as causing the crash.

Oleksandr Zaporozhchenko, a mechanic with the Ukraine International Airlines in 2016-2018, said he knew one of the crew members of the plane and had never heard any complaints about the aircraft.

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“It is one the most reliable planes out there,” Zaporozhchenko told The Associated Press.

The plane was carrying 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials. Many of the passengers were believed to be international students attending universities in Canada; they were making their way back to Toronto by way of Kiev after visiting with family during the winter break.

Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Australia wildfires force evacuations ahead of ‘dangerous, dynamic’ forecast; PM has another gaffe

A new set of evacuations was ordered Thursday in parts of Australia as hot and windy temperatures are forecast to bring “dangerous, dynamic” conditions that may further fuel fast-spreading wildfires as the country’s leader had yet another embarrassing moment when visiting a community impacted by the blazes.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service urged the communities of Nowra, Narooma and Batemans Bay, located south of Sydney, to evacuate over fears that northwesterly winds were likely to once again drive blazes toward the coast. In neighboring Victoria state, fire-threatened populations were urged to act quickly on evacuation warnings.

“If you can get out, you should get out,” Andrew Crisp, Victoria’s emergency management commissioner, told reporters. “Because tomorrow is going to be a dangerous and dynamic day.”

AUSTRALIA’S SEVERE DROUGHT LEAVES UP TO 10,000 FERAL CAMELS AT RISK OF BEING SHOT

Temperatures in the area that may be threatened by wind change are expected to reach more than 110 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday, and conditions remained tinder dry.

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Cattle graze in a field as smoke rises from burning fires on mountains near Moruya, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

The fires, fueled by drought and the country’s hottest and driest year on record, have been raging since September, months earlier than is typical for Australia’s annual wildfire season. So far, the blazes have killed 26 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area of about 25.5 million acres, roughly the size of South Korea.

In the New South Wales state, 132 fires were still burning as of early Friday, around 55 of which were uncontrolled.

“We can’t guarantee your safety and we don’t want to be putting emergency services — whether it be volunteers or paid staff — we do not want to put them in harm’s way because people didn’t follow advice that was given,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters.

As the blazes have raged across parts of the country, vacationers in places such as the coastal town of Mallacoota have been forced to retreat to beaches and into the ocean in recent weeks as destructive fires and choking smoke have encroached on the tourist towns.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has come under withering criticism both at home and abroad for what many perceive as his slow response to the crisis by downplaying the need for his government to address climate change, found himself again on defense Thursday after visiting a community ravaged by the flames.

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During a visit to the fire-ravaged Kangaroo Island on Thursday, Morrison had an awkward exchange with locals. In a video of his visit to the island, where an outback safari operator and his son were killed in the blazes, Morrison was seen telling locals: “Thankfully, we’ve had no loss of life.”

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This is a Terra satellite image of Kangaroo Island on Jan. 7, 2020. (NASA Worldview)

After he was corrected, he continued: “Yes, two, that’s quite right. I was thinking about firefighters, firstly.”

It was the latest in a string of gaffes for Morrison, who created a public uproar when he took a family vacation to Hawaii in the middle of the disaster. He has tried to strike a more compassionate image since, and earlier this week promised the government would commit an extra 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.4 billion) toward the fire recovery effort.

“Tomorrow’s going to be a very difficult day in the eastern states,” Morrison said during a news conference on Thursday. “Once again, I express my sincere condolences and sympathies to the families of all of those who have lost loved ones during the course of this terrible disaster. We will continue to remember them, but also their families in particular in what they need, in supporting them.”

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On Tuesday, the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho said at least 100 firefighters from the U.S. will join 159 already in the Australia battling wildfires. It’s the largest ever deployment of U.S. firefighters abroad.

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A sign is displayed beside a burned-out house near Mogo, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, thanking “firies” a colloquial term for firefighters. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Officials are working to send the additional firefighters to Australia quickly so they can assume wildfire management and aviation management roles. The most recent contingent of firefighters dispatched to Australia included crews that fight fires on the ground, based in the U.S. Forest Service’s Angeles National Forest in California.

Center spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao told the Associated Press the next group will also include more ground crews and that they are receiving training about poisonous snakes and insects they might encounter while fighting wildfires in Australia.

“They’re there to work with Australia in any capacity needed,” Bilbao said.

Rob Rogers, deputy commissioner for NSW Rural Fire Service, told former “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Anna Kooiman, who now works for Australia’s Network Ten, that American firefighters have been “an enormous help” for strained crews in Australia.

“They’ve been enormously welcome and they’ve fitted in really well with our teams here,” Rogers said Thursday on “Fox & Friends.” “They’ve been very popular.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iran says black boxes from doomed Ukrainian flight were damaged, some memory lost

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Iranian investigators on Thursday said the black boxes that belonged to the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran’s international airport have been damaged and some parts of their memory were lost.

The crash of the Ukraine International Airlines flight that was bound for Kiev Wednesday raised concerns about Iran’s transparency during the investigation. Iran blamed mechanical failure, but some have speculated that Tehran’s earlier missile assault on Iraqi bases housing American troops played a role.

All 176 people on board the flight died.

The plane’s black boxes were found amid the wreckage not far from Imam Khomeini International Airport but Iran is refusing to turn them over to Boeing or the National Transportation Safety Board.

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“We will not give the black box to the manufacturer and the Americans,” Ali Abedzadeh, the head of the Civil Aviation Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said, according to BBC News.

Investigators haven’t given a reason for the crash that brought down the Boeing-737 but said the pilot was attempting to steer the plane back toward the airport just before the crash.

“The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash,” Abedzadeh said, according to BBC News.

The plane exploded on impact, potentially because it was loaded with fuel for the international flight.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has sent investigators to assist and said, “the priority for Ukraine is to identify the causes of the plane crash … We will surely find out the truth.”

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So far, there is no evidence to suggest the plane was intentionally downed.

Peter Goelz, a former managing director of the NTSB, said considering an attack should be “at the top of [investigators’] agenda,” The New York Times reported.

Ukraine’s Iranian embassy initially blamed mechanical issues but later removed their statement. They also initially ruled out terrorism or a rocket attack before backing off on that assessment.

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The Ukraine International Airlines flight, bound for Kiev, was carrying 82 Iranians, at least 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians – nine of which were crew members – 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British citizens, according to Ukraine’s foreign minister.

There has been some back and forth about the nationalities of those on board likely because some passengers had dual citizenship and Germany has claimed they’re not aware of any German citizens who were on the plane.

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Mexican asylum-seeker cuts own throat yards from US border after being denied entry: report

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An unidentified Mexican asylum-seeker took his own life Wednesday just yards from the U.S. border after he was denied entry, a report said.

The man was in his 30s, Reuters reported, citing two Mexican security officials. The incident occurred on a bridge spanning the  Rio Grande about 5 p.m. local time. After being denied entry, the man was seen taking out a knife and slitting his own throat. He died a few yards away from the border with Pharr, Texas, on the Mexican side.

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Officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News. The Reuters report said it was unclear why the man killed himself.

The U.S. moved aggressively over the past year to reduce the number of asylum seekers arriving at its southwest border through a series of measures aimed at making it a less attractive option.

In recent days, guidance was reportedly sent to U.S. asylum officials that said Mexicans would now be included in the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program that sent non-Mexican asylum seekers back to Mexico to await their asylum cases.

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The Tamaulipas attorney general’s office said it was investigating the man’s death, Reuters reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Child stowaway found dead on Air France plane that landed in Paris from Ivory Coast

A “lifeless body of a stowaway” was found in the landing gear area of an Air France plane that arrived in Paris on Wednesday, the airline says.

The body is believed to be of a child around 10 years old, the BBC reported, citing local media. The aircraft originated from Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

“The company expresses its compassion and deplores this human tragedy,” Air France said in a tweet. “An investigation is underway.”

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A child stowaway was found dead Wednesday on an Air France plane, similar to the one pictured above. (iStock)

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A French police official told the Associated Press that stowaway attempts involving children are rare and nearly impossible to survive. He declined to give the child’s age, citing the early stages of the investigation.

“Aside from the human drama, this shows a major failing of security at Abidjan airport,” an Ivory Coast security source told the AFP.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pope Francis agrees to papal kiss after hand-slapping controversy with one condition: ‘Don’t bite!’

Pope Francis agreed to a nun’s request for a kiss on the cheek a week after a video of him swatting away the hand of a woman on New Year’s Day went viral. He had just one request: “Don’t bite!”

On Wednesday, Francis cautiously approached the crowds behind the barricades as he entered the Vatican auditorium at the start of his weekly general audience.

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While he normally would greet well-wishers, he appeared to keep his distance, until the nun made her request.

“I’ll give you a kiss, but keep calm,” he said. “Don’t bite!

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Pope Francis salutes the faithful at the end of his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

After she agreed, Francis bent in to give her a peck on the cheek. The woman did a joyful dance as well-wishers in line cheered.

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The contrast could not have been greater to the moment days earlier, when the pope was visibly upset after a pilgrim aggressively grabbed his hand and pulled him in, after which he slapped her away.

In his address the following day, the pontiff apologized.

“So many times we lose patience. Me, too,” he said in his impromptu remarks. “I say ‘excuse me’ for the bad example.”

Some complained Francis has a short temper but others noted the 83-year-old pope, who suffers from sciatica and walks with difficulty, could easily have been toppled over by the aggressive grab.

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This is not the first time Francis has yanked his hand away from pilgrims. Last year, he repeatedly pulled his hand away from being kissed by a long queue of people.

The Vatican later said the pope was worried about spreading germs but many of his critics said he was disrespecting tradition.

Fox News’ Lucia Suarez Sang and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Iran’s ‘final answer’ following general’s death is to ‘kick all US forces out of the region,’ Rouhani warns

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani warned Wednesday that the Islamic Republic’s “final answer” to the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani “will be to kick all U.S. forces out of the region”.

The fiery rhetoric comes hours after Iran launched missiles at two bases housing American and coalition troops in Iraq.

“General Soleimani fought heroically against ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda… if it weren’t for his war on terror, European capitals would be in great danger now,” Rouhani said.

“Our final answer to his assassination will be to kick all U.S. forces out of the region,” he added.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, meets family of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in the U.S. airstrike in Iraq, at his home in Tehran, Iran, on Saturday.

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The tone in Rouhani’s remarks was a shift from comments Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made Tuesday evening, in which he said his country “took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense” for the killing of Soleimani, striking the bases where the missiles targeting him were launched.

“We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” Zarif had tweeted.

President Trump is set to speak out about the Iranian missile strikes in an address scheduled for 11 a.m. ET this morning. No U.S. or other NATO forces were injured in the attacks, officials told Fox News.

The office of Iraq’s president condemned the strikes Wednesday as a breach of the country’s sovereignty.

Barham Saleh’s office said in a statement that the fate of U.S. troops in Iraq is an internal matter based on legal agreements to combat the Islamic State terrorist group.

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The statement adds that Iraq “has previously declared its refusal to be a starting point for aggression against any country, and also refuses to be a source of threat to any of its neighbors.”

The Iraqi prime minister has publicly said U.S. troops must leave after a drone strike killed Soleimani — Iran’s top military commander — in Baghdad last Friday, and parliament has passed a non-binding resolution pushing for withdrawal.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also condemned the strikes Wednesday, tweeting that the bloc is calling on Iran to “refrain from further violence.”

Four U.S. defense officials told Fox News that the military did not attempt to shoot down the ballistic missiles fired from Iran into Iraq because there were no American military assets in place to intercept them.

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The Patriot and Avenger anti-missile defense systems are deployed to other locations in the Middle East, but not to the two Iraqi bases – al-Asad and Erbil – targeted by Iran. Officials say the American assets are in high demand and short supply around the world.

“For the past few years, our focus was defeating ISIS and keeping a light footprint in Iraq. We did not need air defense systems against ISIS,” as one official explained for why there was no U.S. missile defense systems in place at the Iraqi bases.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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