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Iran Takes Credit For Rocket Attack On Iraqi Airbase Housing U.S. Troops: CNN

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Iran Takes Credit For Rocket Attack On Iraqi Airbase Housing U.S. Troops: CNN




More than a dozen ballistic missiles have struck al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces, a Sunni commander of the paramilitary forces in a nearby town told CNN on Tuesday.

Qatri al-Obeidi, a commander in the nearby town of al-Baghdadi, told the news outlet that the shelling has stopped for now.

The Pentagon in a statement said Iran had “launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq,” adding, “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases holding U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.”

An Iraqi security source told CNN that there are casualties among the Iraqis at Ain al-Asad airbase following the attack early Wednesday local time.

The attack follows last week’s deadly US drone strike ordered by President Donald Trump targeting Iranian senior general Qassem Suleimani in Iraq last Friday.



Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) took credit for the attack, CNN reported.

Iran State TV said the operation’s name was “Martyr Soleimani,” according to the AP.

The IRGC, per Iranian media, released the following statement: “This morning, courageous fighters of the IRGC’s Air Force launched a successful operation called Operation Martyr Soleimani… firing tens of ground-to-ground missiles at the base of the terrorist and invasive U.S. forces.”

“We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told reporters after the attack.




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