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Indonesia finalizes evacuation plan for citizens amid escalating US-Iran feud

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, January 8, 2020   /  08:55 pm
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This still image from an Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting video shot on Wednesday allegedly shows rockets launched from Iran against the United States military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. (AFP/IRIB)

Jakarta is preparing for the worst following escalating tensions between Iran and the United States early on Wednesday, which prompted the Foreign Ministry to hold immediate coordination meetings with the heads of Indonesian missions overseas. Iranian military forces launched a ballistic missile attack on a US-affiliated air base in Ayn Al-Asad more than a 1,000 kilometers southwest of Tehran, marking the start of a new round of confrontations between the two nations. The attack is considered an act of revenge against Washington’s assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week in Iraq. In a statement carried by Reuters, the US military said Iran had called the strike at about 1:30 a.m. local time, firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US-led forces. Despite Indonesia’s call for restraint just a day prior, tensions between the two rivals...