Iran launches missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq
The Pentagon has confirmed that over a dozen ballistic missiles from Iran were launched at two bases housing United States troops in Iraq.
A statement from Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman confirmed the attack Tuesday evening:
"At approximately 5:30 p.m. (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 U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil. "
A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press there were few, if any, casualties.
The official said 15 missiles were fired, 10 of which struck the Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, while one struck the base in Iribil, in the semiautonomous Kurdish region.
Four missiles failed to hit their targets, the official said in advance of a pentagon briefing.
The Associated Press has reported that Iranian state television mentioned only the attack in Anbar Province.
Iran has claimed the attack is revenge for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Iraq Friday.
According to a statement on Twitter, President Trump plans on addressing the nation Wednesday.
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