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U.S. knew Iranian missiles were coming ahead of strike; Trump announces new sanctions

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The U.S. military had advance warning of Iran’s missile assault on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces, attacks that prompted a vow of new economic sanctions Wednesday from President Donald Trump.

Trump, addressing the nation, said no deaths or injuries resulted from the attacks. He said Iran appeared to be “standing down” and announced no military reprisal for the missile attack, but said “powerful sanctions” would be imposed until Iran changed it ways.

“Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism,” he said.

Iran fired more than a dozen missiles Tuesday in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike days earlier that killed one of Tehran’s most powerful military leaders, Qasem Soleimani. The missiles targeted al Assad air base in Iraq’s western Anbar province and another base in Erbil in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region.

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.