Iran bombarded 2 US bases in Iraq

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Two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition troops were attacked – one at Al Asad and one in Irbil.

Tehran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles from Iranian territories at about 1:30 a.m. local time (10:30 p.m. GMT), just hours after the burial of Soleimani.

The Al-Asad airbase – located in the Anbar province of western Iraq – was hit by at least six missiles in the attack.

Iranian state TV says the attack is retaliation after the country’s top commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad, on the orders of US President Donald Trump.

The Pentagon says two sites that were attacked are in Irbil and Al Asad. Casualties are yet to be reported.

“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,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

“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,” it said via a statement carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif later issued a statement on Twitter, claiming the attack was self-defence and denied seeking to escalate the situation into war.

Source: BBC News

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