Iran launches missile attacks targeting U.S. bases in Iraq

by Adam Ford · Jan 7th, 2020 6:51 pm

Last Updated Jan 8th, 2020 at 11:22 am

Iran has launched "more than a dozen" ballistic missiles targeting "at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil," according to the U.S. Department of Defense. U.S. and Iraqi officials said there were no casualties among their forces.

The attacks were launched in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran state TV aired footage of what they said are the missiles being launched:

Full statement from the Pentagon:

At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these 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.

We are working on initial battle damage assessments.

In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.

As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region.

A statement from Iran said the "fierce revenge by the Revolutionary Guards has begun" and Iranian media released footage purportedly showing missiles striking one of the bases:

The country's state-run news outlet ISNA said:

This morning, courageous fighters of the IRGC's Air Force launched a successful operation called Operation Martyr Soleimani, with the code 'Oh Zahra' by firing tens of ground-to-ground missiles at the base of the terrorist and invasive US forces.

President Trump has reportedly met with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley in the White House Situation Room to discuss a possible response to the attacks.

The president responded to the situation Tuesday night, tweeting "All is well!" and indicating that he will be making an announcement on Wednesday morning:

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