Iran has fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing American troops in a revenge attack for the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general.
The Ayn al Asad airbase in western Iraq that was visited by Donald Trump in December 2018 and the Erbil base in Iraqi Kurdistan were both struck by the missiles on Tuesday at about 5.30pm (EST).
The Pentagon says the missiles were 'clearly launched from Iran' to target U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. There was no immediate word on injuries but security sources told CNN that there were Iraqi casualties at the Al Asad airbase.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were spotted arriving at the White House soon after news of the strikes broke and President Trump was briefed on the attack.
There is no word yet on potential US casualties or the extent of the damage as the situation is still developing.
PENTAGON statement :— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) January 8, 2020
• 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