More than a dozen ballistic missiles have been launched by the Iranian Revolution Guard (IRGC) Force on Tuesday evening targeting a US airbase in Ain Al Asad and also at Erbil in retaliation to the assassination of Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani.
VIDEO — IRGC rockets launched from Iranian soil tonight to attack the American base Al Asad in Iraq pic.twitter.com/1SNZ0V0j29
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At least two Iraqi military bases occupied by US troops have been targeted with surface to surface missiles.
In a statement White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said, “We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq.
“The president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.”
VIDEO: Footage allegedly shows the moment a missile fired from Iran strikes the Ayn al Asad base used by US forces in Iraq. pic.twitter.com/V0oxYJErPk
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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the two attacks on US airbases in Iraq is in retaliation to the assassination of Soleimani.
تكرر القصف على قاعدة عين أسد…
القاعدة الامريكية التي قال عنها ترامب انه يجب على الحكومة العراقية دفع المال ثمن الانسحاب منها..
انظروا اليها تحترق ومعها عشرات الجنود الامريكيين.#سننتقم_انتقام_سخت pic.twitter.com/0FO4XX3edG
— Hassan Khalifhe (@HKhalifhe) January 7, 2020
Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency said, that the IRGC said, “We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted.”
The US government said on Tuesday evening “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al Assad and Erbil.
“We are working on initial battle damage assessments. 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 US personnel, partners, and allies in the region.”
In a statement from Assistant to the Secretary of Defence for Public Affairs, Jonathan Hoffman said, “At approximately 5.30pm (EST) on 7 January Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US 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 US military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.
“We are working on initial battle damage and assessment.
“In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defence 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 interesting in the region.
“As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend US personnel, partners, and allies in the region.
“Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.”