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.”
BREAKING: U.S. Officials confirmed to ABC News that a U.S. base in Iraq "has come under attack," @IanPannell reports.
— ABC News (@ABC) January 7, 2020
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.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran state TV says Tehran launches "tens" of surface-to-surface missiles at Iraq's Ain Assad air base housing US troops.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 7, 2020
Per the AP, Iran state TV is describing the attack as Tehran’s revenge for Soleimani. The operation is reportedly called “Martyr Soleimani.”
No word on any casualties so far.https://t.co/DClYG4GJOE
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) January 7, 2020
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.”
IRGC statement, per Iranian media: "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."
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) January 7, 2020
“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.
"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," Stephanie Grisham said.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 7, 2020
I am told from US official these are short range ballistic or cruise missiles being fired from Iranian territory at multiple US bases and targets inside Iraq. https://t.co/xKh2NPiDyz
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) January 7, 2020
— Courtney Kube (@ckubeNBC) January 7, 2020
Pro-Iran media is reporting that Iran has fired ballistic missile into US bases inside Iraq.
Simultaneously, a senior US military source in Iraq tells Fox News they’re “under missile attack from Iran, “cruise missiles or short range ballistic missiles”, “All over the country”!
— Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) January 7, 2020
In meeting tonight Speaker Pelosi was handed a note telling her VP Pence was on the phone.
“Tell him I’ll call him back,” she said according to sources in room, noting she had to go open the House for new session.
Two minutes later, she was handed note about air base bombing.
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) January 7, 2020
Multiple members tell reporters that Pelosi received a note during the steering meeting informing her of the attack in Iraq. Her message to her members in the room? Pray.
— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) January 7, 2020
Dow futures plunge 400 points after Iran retaliation raises fears of bigger conflict https://t.co/DWFDW8GuUp
— andrew dallos (@adallos) January 8, 2020