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The pentagon has confirmed more than a Dozen ballistic missiles have launched from Iran targeting the U.S. joint bases in Iraq.
A damage Assessment is in process:
The following statement has been released.
PENTAGON statement :
• More than Dozen ballistic missiles launched from Iran
• Targeted at least 2 US joint bases in Iraq
• Working on damage assessment
• Defenses been reinforced
• Evaluating situation pic.twitter.com/YaXPbW5WG1
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) January 8, 2020
Fox News reports Iran fired “more than a dozen ballistic missiles” into Iraq, targeting U.S. military and coalition forces early Wednesday, Pentagon officials said.
The missiles targeted military bases in Al-Assad and Irbil, the Pentagon added.
There was no immediate word on injuries or damage.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said after the attack: “We are aware of the reports of attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq. The president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.” It was not immediately clear how the U.S. may respond.
The Pentagon added: “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.”
Meantime, Iran state TV claimed Tehran launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles at the Al Assad Air Base. State TV described it as Tehran’s revenge operation over the killing of Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard then warned the U.S. and its regional allies against retaliating over the missile attack in Iraq.
The Guard issued the warning via a statement carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency: “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 Guard in the warning also threatened Israel.