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Pelosi urges end to 'needless provocations' after Iran missile attack

Pelosi urges end to 'needless provocations' after Iran missile attack
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi Pelosi says she's giving Senate more time on Jan. 6 commission Ocasio-Cortez, Gillibrand and Moulton call for more high-speed rail funding in infrastructure package Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday night called for an end to “needless provocations” from the Trump administration shorty after Iran claimed responsibility for launching unspecified projectiles at a military base housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

“Closely monitoring the situation following bombings targeting U.S. troops in Iraq,” Pelosi tweeted. “We must ensure the safety of our service members, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence.” 

She added that America and the world “cannot afford war.”

Pelosi had huddled with members of the Democratic Steering Committee on Tuesday in the Capitol, where she was handed a note about the strike in Iraq. She later spoke by phone with Vice President Pence, who briefed her on the attack, according to her spokesman.

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The Pentagon said in a statement that Iran launched more than a "dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq" on Tuesday night. The department said the missiles were "launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil."

The attack came days after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed a “harsh retaliation” for the U.S. following the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a powerful Iranian military official who led the country's elite Quds Force.

Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike on Friday that was approved by President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE. The president said the operation was an effort by the U.S. "to stop a war" and that there was evidence that Soleimani was plotting attacks against Americans.

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The drone strike fueled concerns about Iranian retaliation among many Americans over the weekend.

Later on Tuesday, White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamKayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots Trump resignations gaining steam MORE said in a statement that Trump had been made aware of reports of attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq.

"The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team," she added.

Trump has said that the U.S. is prepared to hit 52 Iranian sites "very fast and very hard" if the country retaliated for Soleimani’s death in the U.S. drone strike. He also repeatedly threatened to target cultural sites in Iran in the event of a retaliation.

Mike Lillis contributed.