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The White House confirms that U.S. forces in Iraq came under an Iranian missile attack Tuesday.
“The president has been briefed and is monitoring. The situation closely and consulting with his national security team,” the White House said in a statement.
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 (@PressSec) January 7, 2020
Senior U.S. military officials confirm to Fox News that the Iranians fired either short range ballistic or cruise missiles at multiple U.S. bases and targets inside Iraq.
BREAKING: Iran has launched “tens” of missiles at Iraq’s Ain Assad air base housing US troops following the killing of the country’s top general.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) January 8, 2020
Full statement from Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman:
“At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq.”
“It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.”
“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 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.”
“Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.”
“We are working on initial battle damage assessments.”
Full Pentagon Statement from Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman: “At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq…
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) January 8, 2020
There is no word on casualties.
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