The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that Tehran launched “more than a dozen” ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops over America’s killing of a top Iranian general.
Iran State TV described the attacks, which happened in the evening hours Wednesday, as Tehran’s revenge operation over the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qasssem Soleimani.
A total of 10 missiles hit Al-Assad Air Base, one missile hit a military base in Erbil and four missiles failed, according to a U.S. military to a U.S. military spokesman for Central Command, responsible for American forces in the Middle East. The attacks unfolded in two waves about an hour apart.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard warned the U.S. and its regional allies against retaliating over the missile attack in Iraq. The Guard issued the warning a via a statement carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.
“We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted,” the Guard said. It also threatened Israel.
U.S. officials confirmed both strikes, although Iran only initially acknowledged targeting one base. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the White House are aware of the reports.
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.”
Pentagon official told Fox News, the latest U.S. intelligence assessment showed Iran had more than 2,000 ballistic missiles.