Iran Attacks American Military Units in Iraq
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Iran Attacks American Military Units in Iraq

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: Iran said it launched rockets targeting multiple sites in Iraq, including three military bases housing U.S. troops. / Source: FARS

On January 8, 2019, at least six rockets hit the Al-Asad airbase in Al Anbar Governorate of western Iraq at 1:45 am local time — the exact time Major General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike at the Baghdad airport last Friday. Erbil in the north of Iraq was targeted next. The latter is a special operations hub, home to hundreds of troops, logistics personnel, and intelligence specialists.

According to the security cell of Iraq’s prime minister’s office, the missile barrage lasted for 30 minutes from 1.45 am and included 22 projectiles, 17 of which landed on the Al Asad base, including two that failed to explode. Another five missiles struck the city of Erbil in the north. Later, Hossein Soleimani, the editor-in-chief of Mashregh, the main Revolutionary Guards news website, confirmed that short-range ballistic missiles had been fired at the Al-Asad airbase.

Just two hours later, the Camp Taji, an Iraqi military base where US troops are deployed, was hit in the second round of attacks. The camp is located in a rural region approximately 16.7 miles (27 km) north of the city of Baghdad in the Baghdad Governorate.

Tehran immediately claimed responsibility for the strike, a rare move for a regime that primarily relies on proxies to carry out attacks.

In a statement, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said: “The brave soldiers of IRGC’s aerospace unit have launched a successful attack with tens of ballistic missiles on [Ain] al-Assad military base in the name of martyr Gen. Qassem Soleimani.”

In a statement on Twitter, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran had taken and concluded "proportionate measures in self-defense" under Article 51 of the UN Charter. "We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression," he said.

According to Iranian state television, "at least 80 American troops were killed in attacks involving 15 missiles Tehran launched on US targets in Iraq, adding that none of the missiles were intercepted."

On the other hand, hours after the attack, U.S. President Donald Trump said “all is well”, and “so far, so good”. Taking to Twitter, he said: “All is well!” He is expected to make a statement later today.

The White House said in a statement that it was “aware” 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,” the statement said.

This is a developing story: We'll give updates on the situation as we learn more.

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