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Iran launches 'more than a dozen' missiles into Iraq targeting US, coalition forces, Pentagon says

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Frank Miles



Iran fired "more than a dozen ballistic missiles" into Iraq, targeting U.S. military and coalition forces early Wednesday, Pentagon officials said.

The missiles targeted military bases in Al-Assad and Irbil, the Pentagon added. There was no immediate word on injuries or damage.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said after the attack: “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.” It was not immediately clear how the U.S. may respond.

The Pentagon added: “In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region. 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.”





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I have been briefed on this evenings direct attack by the #IRGC which launched ballistic missiles from #Iran’s territory against two Iraqi bases hosting coalition forces. A full assessment is underway to determine an appropriate response.

4:38 PM - 7 Jan 2020



#Iran is now openly calling for American’s to turn on each other. The time will come to debate U.S. policy. Tonight American & allied troops have come under direct attack by a nation-state & Americans must come together to support & protect them & respond appropriately.

5:08 PM - 7 Jan 2020
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CENTCOM Info on Iran Attack Alex Ward @AlexWardVox 10m A CENTCOM spokesperson confirmed to me that Iran fired 15 missiles: 10 struck Al Asad airbase west of Baghdad, Iraq; one struck Erbil in northern Iraq; and four failed.

5:56 PM - 7 Jan 2020
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Opinion: This was a cosmetic strike package for Iran’s domestic audience due to fear of direct retaliation. Don’t be surprised if the more aggresive response that may aim to inflict actual losses & casualties is carrried out soon by Iran’s proxies from Iraq, Syria or Lebanon.

5:02 AM - 8 Jan 2020
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All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.

6:45 PM - 7 Jan 2020
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