Iran fires more than a dozen ballistic missiles at US forces in Iraq in apparent retaliation for the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani

Michael Gruber/Getty Images; Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business InsiderIranian President Hassan Rouhani and US President Donald Trump.
  • Iran opened fire on US forces in Iraq early Wednesday morning, launching ballistic missiles at two bases hosting US and Iraqi military personnel, the Department of Defence said in a statement. No deaths were immediately reported.
  • “Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq,” the Pentagon said. “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.”
  • Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Associated Press reported, citing state media.
  • “We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq,” the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. “The president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.”
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Iran opened fire on US forces in Iraq early Wednesday morning, launching ballistic missiles at two bases hosting US and Iraqi military personnel, the Department of Defence confirmed.

“Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “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.”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Associated Press reported, citing state media. The barrage appeared to be in retaliation for the US killing last week of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

“The brave soldiers of IRGC’s aerospace unit have launched a successful attack with tens of ballistic missiles on Al Assad military base in the name of martyr Gen.Qasem Soleimani,” the Revolutionary Guard said in a statement carried by state media, according to the New York Times reporter Farnaz Fassihi.

Iran’s foreign minister called the attack an act of self-defence.

The attack reportedly occurred at about the same time in the morning when Soleimani was killed Friday by a US drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was said to be coordinating the retaliatory attacks, according to the NBC reporter Ali Arouzi.

No US casualties were reported immediately, according to the Military Times.

A video posted by Reuters appeared to show missile explosions at what is suspected to be Al-Asad Air Base.

“We are working on initial battle damage assessments,” the Pentagon said in its statement, adding: “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 interests in the region.”

“We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq,” the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, reportedly said in a statement. “The president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.”

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