Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at U.S. and coalition personnel in Iraq early Wednesday morning, a Pentagon statement said.
“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,” Jonathon Hoffman, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said in a statement. “We are working on initial battle damage assessments.”
Al Asad Air Base in Iraq’s western Anbar Province was hit by multiple rockets early Wednesday morning, according to multiple reports. Roughly 35 projectiles hit the base, reported Voice of America’s Carla Babb. Additionally, Babb reported that Camp Taji, north of Baghdad, was also hit by rocket fire.
“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,” Hoffman added. “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.”
“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 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said in a statement.
The attack on Al Asad and other bases, which house both Iraqi and American troops, came days after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the head of the IRGC’s elite Quds Force, as he was leaving the Baghdad International Airport on Jan. 2.
“We are aware of the reports of attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq,” 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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