Date
12 January 2020
A night sky is captured in this image purportedly depicting an Iranian missile attack against two Iraqi air bases that host US-led coalition forces. Credit: Iran Press via Reuters
A night sky is captured in this image purportedly depicting an Iranian missile attack against two Iraqi air bases that host US-led coalition forces. Credit: Iran Press via Reuters

Iran fires missiles at two bases hosting US forces in Iraq

Iran launched missile attacks on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for an American drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad last week.

Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles from its territory against at least two Iraqi facilities hosting US-led coalition personnel, Reuters reports, citing the US military.

The missiles were fired at about 1:30 am local time (2230 GMT on Tuesday), according to the report.

US President Donald Trump said in a tweet that an assessment of casualties and damage from the strikes was under way and that he would make a statement on Wednesday morning.

A source told Reuters that?early indications were of no US casualties.?

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed they fired the missiles in retaliation for last week’s killing of Qassem Soleimani, according to a statement on state TV.

The force advised the United States to withdraw its troops from the region to prevent more deaths and warned US allies including Israel not to allow attacks from their territories.

Iranian television cited a senior official in the Iranian Supreme Leader’s office as saying that the missile attacks were the “weakest” of several retaliation scenarios.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement the bases targeted were al-Asad air base and another facility in Erbil, Iraq.

“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.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran “took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter”.

“We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression,” he wrote in a post on Twitter.

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