Iran launched missiles on at least two Iraqi airbases containing the US and coalition troops on the morning of 8th January.
It was the first act in Iran’s promised revenge for killing General Qasem Soleimani, Iranian Major General in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The Pentagon said it was still “working on an initial battle loss assessment” after “Iran launched more than 10 ballistic missiles against the US Army and coalition forces in Iraq.”
“It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi army bases with US Army and coalition troops”
No potential casualties have been reported yet, but the Pentagon said it was prepared for possible Iranian attacks.
“These bases have been in high alert readiness over indications that the Iranian regime has planned to attack our forces and interests in the region,” said the Pentagon spokesman.
Iranian state television reported a rocket attack on the al-Asad airbase in western Iraq and said it was an act of revenge by Tehran for killing Soleimani.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard then warned US and Washington regional allies not to retaliate against these rocket attacks, as the US counterattack would be “even more devastating”.
“We are warning all American allies who have given their bases to its terrorist army that any area that is the starting point for aggressive acts against Iran will be exposed to attacks,” the Revolutionary Guard said.
“Iran took and completed commensurate measures of self-defense,” targeting a base from which a “cowardly armed attack on our citizens and senior officials” was conducted, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawar Zarif said in a tweet.
“We are not looking for escalation or war, but we will defend against any aggression.”
The White House said that US President Donald Trump “is monitoring the situation closely and is consulting with his national security team.”