Jan 8, 2020

Live updates: More than a dozen missiles hit U.S. bases in Iraq, Iran claims there were heavy casualties

Erin Cunningham

Iranian forces launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases in Iraq in the early hours of the morning local time on Wednesday, marking the most significant Iranian attack in the growing conflict with the United States.
The al-Asad air base in western Iraq, which houses some American troops, was hit by at least six missiles, according to a U.S. defense official familiar with the situation. In a tweet late Tuesday, President Trump proclaimed “All is well!” and vowed to address the nation on the situation Wednesday morning.

There are have been no U.S. reports of casualties yet, but Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard is claiming dozens of U.S. soldiers were killed in revenge for the U.S. airstrike that killed prominent commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
Here’s what we know so far:
● Iranian forces have launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases in Iraq, claiming at least 80 U.S. soldiers killed. U.S. military said it was still assessing casualties.
● Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called the attack a “slap in the face” of the United States, but said more needed to be done to end the U.S. presence in the region and avenge Soleimani’s death.
● President Trump will make a statement Wednesday.
● Airlines around the world are rerouting flights around Iranian and Iraqi airspace.
● Iraqi prime minister said he was informed ahead of time of the attack.

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