Multiple missiles have been launched into Iraq from Iran targeting American bases.
“This morning, courageous fighters of the IRGC’s Air Force launched a successful operation called Operation Martyr Soleimani, with the code ‘Oh Zahra’ by firing tens of ground-to-ground missiles at the base of the terrorist and invasive US forces,” the country’s state-run news outlet ISNA reported.
A U.S. official confirms to ABC News that ballistic missiles have been fired from inside Iran at multiple US military facilities inside Iraq.
The facilities include Erbil in northern Iraq and Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, the official said.
-Iran names this attack "Operation Martyr Soleimani"
-Iranian state TV cites IRGC saying this is the first reponse
-US official: Iranian ballistic missiles launched on multiple US military sites in Iraq including Erbil in N Iraq & Al Asad Air Base via – @juliamacfarlane pic.twitter.com/r7kKnVLNGY
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) January 7, 2020
‘Under missile attack from Iran,’ Fox News reported a senior US military source in Iraq said. ‘These are either cruise missiles or short-range ballistic missiles. All over the country.’
The Al Asad base was hit by three barrages of missiles according to military sources at the location.
Reports of the strike occurred just hours after a flurry of US airstrikes were carried out on militia bases in Western Iraq and Syria, targeting Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), a paramilitary umbrella group that is part of the Iraqi government.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed that it had carried out the missile attack against US forces as part of an operation named “Martyr Soleimani” and said, in a statement, that it was the first step of their retaliation for the US targeted killing of Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani
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