More than a dozen rockets from Iran struck US targets last night, hitting two Iraqi airbases where American and coalition forces are based.
Iran launched surface-to-surface missiles in attacks on the Ain al-Assad and Erbil bases as revenge for the killing of Gen Qassim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad last week.
There are so far no reports of casualties, but it was Iran’s most direct assault on America since the 1979 seizing of the US Embassy in Tehran. The operation was codenamed “Martyr Soleimani”.
In a tweet, Donald Trump said: “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good!
“We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.”
In a sign that Tehran was seeking to draw a line under the recent escalation of tensions, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, said: “We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression”.
Meanwhile, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has said the missile strikes were a “slap in the face” for Washington.
The head of state reiterated added that the US may have ‘cut off Soleimani’s arm’ but Iran would respond by ‘cutting off your leg’ in the Middle East region.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard, a branch of the Iranian army close t the country’s supreme leader, has ordered the White House to “recall US troops” from the region.
The Pentagon confirmed the attacks: “At approximately 5.30pm (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. 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.”
FarsNews_Agency posted a video on Twitter showing the attack:
? ویدئویی که از لحظه برخورد شماری از موشکها با پایگاه عین الأسد منتشر شده است. pic.twitter.com/3IPJHD4Imr
— خبرگزاری فارس (@FarsNews_Agency) January 8, 2020
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