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Iran Strikes Two Iraqi Military Bases Housing American Soldiers

  • Amanda Casanova Contributor
  • Published Jan 08, 2020
Iran Strikes Two Iraqi Military Bases Housing American Soldiers

As promised, Iran fired back at the United States Wednesday, striking two Iraqi military bases that house American soldiers.

According to the Associated Press, Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at the military bases. No casualties have been reported.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the strike was in response to a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The General was popular with some Iranians but widely regarded as a terrorist on the international stage.

“Last night they received a slap,” Khamenei said in a speech after the missile strikes. “These military actions are not sufficient (for revenge). What is important is that the corrupt presence of America in this region comes to an end.”

Iran’s foreign minster also tweeted that Tehran had taken and “concluded proportionate measures in self-defense,” and said Tehran did “not seek escalation.”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard also released a statement about the missile attack: “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.”

Trump, however, said there were no casualties in the attack on the U.S. troop housing.

“All is well!” President Donald Trump tweeted after the missile attacks, adding, “So far, so good.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said he received notification from Iran just after midnight that a retaliation “was starting or would start soon” and would target only on U.S. positions.

Finland and Lithuania militaries also received information about an imminent attack and evacuated their bases.

According to the Associated Press, there were at least five impact sites on the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq’s Anbar province. U.S. officials said 15 missiles were fired.

“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,” said Jonathan Hoffman, an assistant to the U.S. defense secretary.


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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.