The Pentagon has confirmed numerous missile attacks against US airbases in Iraq Wednesday, with Iran the main suspect behind the attacks. President Trump has been informed of the situation and is considering options for retaliation. There is currently no word on any injuries or deaths as a result of the missile strikes.
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Fox News‘ Jennifer Griffin stated a source familiar with the situation said: “Under missile attack from Iran. These are either cruise missiles or short-range ballistic missiles. All over the country.”
Al Assad Air Base in Anbar was confirmed to be one of the locations struck with surface-to-surface missiles, according to Iran’s state news. The reported also stated Tehran launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles in retaliation for the recent death of Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
The airstrike that killed Soleimani was met with condemnation from various Iran allies. Soleimani was responsible for the death of hundreds of American soldiers, the Pentagon announced in defense of their airstrike.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham acknowledged the attack by stating: “We are aware of the reports of attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq. The president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.”
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has announced that they were responsible for the attack. The group finished with a warning of potential future attacks if the US decides to respond to this attack with aggression, CNN reported.
The Pentagon has responded to this statement with a warning of their own. “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.”
Since the attacks, bases within the region have all been placed on high alert. Minutes after the attack, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili posted an image of the Iranian flag on Twitter.
— Saeed Jalili (@DrSaeedJalili) January 7, 2020
It’s currently unclear how the United States plans to respond to the attacks.