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Iran fires missiles at US base in Iraq in retaliation to Baghdad airstrikes

08 January, 2020 03:46

Iran fires missiles at US base in Iraq in retaliation to Baghdad airstrikes assassinating General Qassem Soleimani and others.

Radio Pakistan reported it quoting Iranian state TV channel.

Iran says it has fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles on US-led forces in Iraq.

IRGC confirms

Furthermore,  Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed it.

However, they described missiles firing in retaliation for the killing of military commander Qassem Soleimani.

Iran fires missiles at US base

Thy began revenge strike by firing ballistic missiles against at least two Iraqi military bases.

First they hit US in al-Asad air base and then aimed at another base in Erbil.

According to the state TV, the statement advised the United States to withdraw its troops from the region to prevent more deaths.

On the other hand, the Pentagon did not provide reports of casualties in the attack.

Pentagon statement

Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesperson Grisham said in a statement that they were working on damage assessments.

The official further said US will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region. President Trump has been briefed. He is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper are also at the White House following news of the attack.

TV report

According to al Meydan TV, sirens heard while American helicopters were seen flying over Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province early this morning.

FAA ban US carriers operation

US Federal Aviation Administration has decided to ban U.S. carriers from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, the Gulf of Oman.

Moreover, they also decided similar ban for waters between Iran and Saudi Arabia after Iran launched a missile attack on U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

The FAA said it issued the airspace ban “due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the Middle East.

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