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European shares dip as Iran missile strike stokes military escalation fears

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Jan 8 (Reuters) - European shares dropped on Wednesday as an Iranian missile strike on U.S. forces in Iraq saw investors fleeing risk assets amid rampant fears of a military escalation in the Middle East.

The recent strike raises the question of retaliation by the United States, with a statement from U.S. President Donald Trump expected later in the day.

Iran said the strikes “concluded” its response to the U.S. killing of one of its top military commanders last week.

The pan-European STOXX 600 equity index was down 0.5% by 0807 GMT, with German stocks leading declines.

The chemicals subindex was the worst performer, while oil and gas stocks rose tracking higher crude prices on the prospect of supply disruptions in the Middle East.

Planemaker Boeing’s European suppliers, Senior Plc and Safran, fell after a Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed after taking off in Iran. (Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)