ABOUT 80 people were killed in Iran’s missile attack on US bases in Iraq, Reuters reported with reference to Iran’s state television.
Earlier, CNN said citing sources that the missiles launched by the Iranian side hit the part of the Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq where no American troops were stationed.
The missiles launched at Iraq, from Iran, targeted American military facilities, including Erbil in northern Iraq and Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq.
“This morning, courageous fighters of the IRGC’s Air Force launched a successful operation called Operation Martyr Soleimani, with the code ‘Oh Zahra’ by firing tens of ground-to-ground missiles at the base of the terrorist and invasive U.S. forces named Ain Al Asad,” state news outlet ISNA reported.
Iran had vowed to retaliate U.S. killing of military commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone attack in Iraq.
ISNA said the first missile Iran launched was at exactly the same time as the missile that killed Qasem Soleimani last Friday.
Reacting, United Stated PresidentTrump tweeted: “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties and damages taking place now.
“So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far!”
Nonetheless, Britain in its reaction on Wednesday, condemned the missile attacks by Iran on Iraqi bases housing coalition military including U.S. and UK forces.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab expressed concern over “reports of casualties” from the strikes.
“We condemn this attack on Iraqi military bases hosting Coalition – including British – forces. We are concerned by reports of casualties and use of ballistic missiles,” he said.
It will be recalled more than a dozen missiles have been fired by Iran at two Iraqi military bases hosting coalition including U.S. troops. The missiles were targeted at the Ain al-Assad base in Anbar province and a facility near Erbil’s airport in northern Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday.
The missiles are believed to have been fired in retaliation for the killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani by the United States.
– Jan. 8, 2020 @ 10:51 GMT |