Gold crude oil soared
In the morning of Beijing time on the 8th, according to Xinhua news agency and Iranian media, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard has launched “dozens of missiles” to the Assad Air Force Base in Iraq, where the U.S. military is stationed. The White House said in a statement that the U.S. side has been informed of reports of attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and is paying close attention to the situation.
It is reported that Assad Air Force Base was built in the 1980s and was taken over by the United States after the Iraq war in 2003. It was once the largest military base in western Iraq. In December 2011, the U.S. military officially returned it to the Iraqi security forces. However, in 2014, the U.S. military deployed again in the name of fighting against extremist organizations.
According to the global times, U.S. Defense Secretary Stephen esper said the United States wants to ease tensions with Iran, but is ready to fight a war. Later, esper added: “we want to see the situation eased.”
According to CCTV news, the White House confirmed that President trump had listened to the report on the attack on the Assad Air Force Base of the U.S. Army in Iraq, and was paying close attention to the development of the situation, while consulting urgently with members of his national security team.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard issued a statement calling the attack revenge for Sulaimani, urging the United States to withdraw its troops from Iraq as soon as possible, or Iran will launch more attacks.
Affected by the news, as of around 8:20 Beijing time, international oil prices continued to rise, WTI crude oil rose by more than 4%, breaking the $65 / barrel threshold.