President Trump declared 'All is well so far' as the U.S. assessed damage and casualties sustained during an overnight attack in which Iran fired 15 ballistic missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq in what it termed Operation Martyr.
The president said an official statement would come later this morning but initial reports are that there have been no casualties on the ground and only minimal damage done.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said his country had delivered a 'slap in the face' to the American forces, but added that the missile attack alone was 'not enough' and made calls for the U.S. to be 'uprooted' from the region.
Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has since said Iran 'took and concluded proportionate measures in self-defence', he gave warning that his country will 'defend itself against any U.S. led aggression'.
It is unclear what response will be given by Trump but the world super power has a formidable presence in the region and will act to protect its assets and personnel.
The Pentagon said that the missiles were clearly launched from Iranian territory and that early warning systems were able to give enough time for troops to retreat into bunkers for safety. Several buildings were hit including an aircraft hanger but so far all personnel seem to be accounted for at the base and there have been no casualties reported.
World leaders including PM Boris Johnson have called for calm and a deescalation so as to avoid a wider conflict in the already powder keg region, saying America and the rest of the world can not afford to be dragged into another war.