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Trump backs away from further military confrontation with Iran

‘Iran appears to be standing down,’ Trump said, in an uncharacteristically sober speech following rising tensions between US and Iran

Donald Trump backed away from further military confrontation with Iran on Wednesday, saying Tehran appeared to be standing down following a missile attack on two Iraqi bases hosting US troops.

EU leaders plead with Trump not to respond to Iranian attacks

Diplomats fear hawks in Washington are insisting the US respond militarily to missile attacks on US bases in Iraq

European leaders have pleaded in public and in private with the Trump administration to draw a line in its conflict with Iran, and not to respond militarily to the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq.

US air force says fighter jet test is 'coincidence' after Trump's Iran threat

Fleet of 52 new F-35A jets tested in first mass exercise in Utah, following president’s vow to hit 52 Iranian targets

The US has conducted its first mass exercise of its new F-35A fighter jets, launching 52 of them from their base in Utah.

However, the air force insisted it was a coincidence that the number of aircraft used echoed Donald Trump’s threat to hit 52 Iranian targets, including cultural sites.

Iran will feel it must retaliate against US, say military analysts

Tehran likely to ‘seek revenge’ through proxy militias in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

Iran will feel it has little choice but to respond US assassination of Qassem Suleimani, according to military analysts who expect Tehran to seek a calibrated response – even though it risks further provoking an already unpredictable Donald Trump.