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Missiles launched by Iran against US airbases in Iraq

Al-Asad and Erbil bases comes under fire after Iranian official describes 13 ‘revenge scenarios’ following Suleimani assassination

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Tue 7 Jan 2020 19.08 EST
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Iran has launched missile strikes aimed at US troops in Iraq in what it said was retaliation for the killing last week of top Iranian general Qassem Suleimani.

The Pentagon confirmed that al-Asad air base in Iraq’s Anbar province, and Erbil base in northern Iraq, which both host a US contingent, had been hit by a salvo of more than a dozen missiles launched from Iran.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), of which Suleimani was a member, issued a statement saying: “The brave soldiers of IRGC’s aerospace unit have launched a successful attack with tens of ballistic missiles on Al Assad military base in the name of martyr General Qassem Suleimani.”

Iran launches missiles on US airbase in Iraq – live updates

Iranian news sites showed video footage of missiles being launched into the night sky.

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: “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.”

“At approximately 5.30pm [Washington time, 1.30am in Iraq] on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq,” a Pentagon statement said. “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al Asad and [Erbil].”

 

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The statement said the bases had been on high alert and that all “appropriate measures” had been taken to safeguard US troops and partners, and that the Pentagon was still working on “initial battle damage assessments”.

 

“As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend US 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.”

The al-Asad base has previously been a target of an Iranian-backed Shia militia, Kata’ib Hezbollah, whose attacks on US and coalition troops triggered ***-for-tat strikes that culminated in the drone strike

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Earlier in the day, the secretary of Iran’s national security council, Ali Shamkhani, said 13 “revenge scenarios” were being considered in the wake of the assassination of Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force, and that even the most limited options would be a “historic nightmare” for the US.

 

Ali Shamkhani told the Tasnim news agency: “The 27 US bases that are closest to Iran’s border are already on high alert; they know that the response is likely to include medium-range & long-range missiles.”

Trump responded to Iranian threats in remarks to the press at the White House “We’re totally prepared. And likewise, we’re prepared to attack if we have to,” he said.

But he appeared to draw back from his earlier threats to target Iranian cultural sites, a potential war crime.

“If that’s what the law is, I like to obey the law,” he said, but he added: “They kill our people, they blow up our people and then we have to be very gentle with their cultural institutions. But I’m OK with it … I will say this, if Iran does anything that they shouldn’t be doing, they’re going to be suffering the consequences and very strongly.”

 

Trump said his long-term intention was withdraw the 5,200 US troops currently in Iraq, but not right away as the Iraqi government and parliament have demanded.

“I think we’ve done a fantastic job but eventually, we want to be able to let Iraq run its own affairs,” he said. “We want to get out. But this isn’t the right point.”

When the US did leave, the president insisted, Iraq would have to reimburse Washington for the infrastructure investments Washington has made over a nearly 17-year presence.

 

US allies have already begun leaving Baghdad, which was buzzing as night fell with helicopters flying in and out of the city’s fortified diplomatic district, known as the Green Zone. Canada, which currently leads the Nato training mission, said it was pulling out some of its 500 troops, and Germany said its presence in Iraq would be “temporarily thinned out”. Most of the Nato troops withdrawing were reported to be heading for Kuwait.

The US-led coalition to counter Isis is also repositioning its forces to lessen their vulnerability to attack. Britain’s defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said that non-essential personnel were being moved from Baghdad to Taji, about 19 miles (30km) to the north.

Mike Pompeo speaks to members of the media as National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien listens on Tuesday. Mike Pompeo speaks to members of the media as National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien listens on Tuesday. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Iranian foreign minister, Javad Zarif, earlier insisted the Iranian response to US state terrorism would be proportionate, and not conducted by surrogate forces.

“This is an act of aggression against Iran, and it amounts to an armed attack against Iran, and we will respond. But we will respond proportionately – not disproportionately … We are not lawless like President Trump,” Zarif said, adding that the attack would occur at the time of Iran’s choosing.

 

“Unlike the United States, we do not take cowardly terrorist acts,” he said. “When we do it, we will declare it.”

The US defence secretary, Mark Esper, said the US would prefer a diplomatic solution.

“We’re prepared for the worst. We hope that cooler heads in Tehran will prevail and de-escalate the situation,” Esper told CNN. “We are not looking to start a war with Iran but we are prepared to finish one … What we would like to see is the situation de-escalated and for Tehran to sit down with us and begin a discussion about a better way ahead.”

In a further sign that the Trump administration was anxious to find a way of defusing the brewing conflict, Bloomberg News reported that Pompeo sent a cable to all US embassies on Tuesday ordering diplomats not to meet Iranian opposition groups without permission, explaining that it could jeopardise diplomacy with Iran’s government.

 

The Trump administration did little to clarify the confusion that arose on Monday over its intentions in Iraq. Pentagon officials had said that a letter sent to the Iraqi government from the US taskforce commander in Iraq, announcing a troop departure, had been a draft released by mistake.

Iraq’s acting prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, however, insisted that the letter had been signed and that it had initially been sent back to the US commander over a translation query, and then it had been redelivered with a corrected translation.

“They said it’s a draft. OK, it’s a draft. But we received it. As a state, how are we supposed to act? We should get a second letter to clarify so we can clarify to our people too,” Abdul Mahdi, who resigned in November but has stayed on in a caretaker role, said, according to Agence France-Presse. “If I don’t trust you and you don’t trust me, how are we supposed to proceed?”

In a prerecorded television address he insisted the US would have to leave.

“We have no exit but this, otherwise we are speeding toward confrontation,” Abdul Mahdi said, adding that Iraq would have to take a “historic decision” to implement the expulsion. “Otherwise we will not be taken seriously,” he added.

 

https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/07/trump-iran-suleimani-threats-retaliation

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(CNN)At least 10 rockets hit al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces, a Sunni commander of the paramilitary forces in a nearby town told CNN.

Qatri al-Obeidi, a commander in the nearby town of al-Baghdadi, said that the shelling has stopped for now. President Donald Trump visited the base in December 2018 to visit troops after Christmas. Vice President Mike Pence also visited the base in November 2019. The attack follows last week's deadly US drone strike that Trump ordered to kill key Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
Iranian state TV reported that the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, "has hit U.S. Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq with tens of missiles." The IRGC warned the US of of more "crushing responses in case of new aggression," according to state TV. The IRGC said it will target any regional state that becomes a platform for US aggression, a second banner on state TV read.
CNN reported earlier on Tuesday that US forces and air-defense missile batteries across the Middle East were placed on high alert overnight Monday to possibly shoot down Iranian drones as intelligence mounted about a threat of an imminent attack against US targets, according to two US officials.
 
 
Trump was briefed on the reports of rocket attacks, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
"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," Grisham said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was discussing the situation in Iran when she was handed a note with news of the attack, lawmakers who attended the meeting said.
Rep. Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat, said she paused the discussion to tell the members of the Steering Committee of the news.
"Pray," Pelosi told members, according to Rep. Debbie Dingell.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/07/politics/rockets-us-airbase-iraq/index.html

 

Updates welcome!
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Actually I was hoping Iran was dumb enough to keep escalating this and hopefully no one gets injured or killed in our bases but the sooner we get started the sooner it will be over. By now we all have to know there will be no RV until Iran is out of Iraq so lets just get it over with.

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Iran strikes back: Multiple rockets are launched at Al-Asad airbase in Iraq that is home to US and Coalition forces and was visited by Donald Trump

  • Tehran has tonight launched a missile attack on two Iraqi air bases
  • The rockets hit Ain Asad which houses US and coalition troops
  • Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan - which provides facilities and services to at least hundreds of coalition personnel and CIA operatives - was also attacked
  • Iran state TV said 'tens' of surface-to-surface missiles were launched Tuesday 
  • Asad was hit by three barrages of missiles according to militarily sources 
  • The base for American and coalition troops continued to get pelted with rockets with forces taking a third round Tuesday night, according to militarily sources 
  • It's unclear if there are any casualties at the base where President Trump visited in December 2018
  • Local reports initially suggested that five rockets had struck the al-Taji military base situated 30km north of Baghdad, after 'shelter in place' sirens were heard 
  • However, Kurdistan 24 reporter Barzan Sadiq later tweeted that the base was calm on Tuesday night and suggested the purported attack was likely just a drill
  • Reports of the alleged strike occurred just hours after a flurry of US airstrikes were carried out on militia bases in Western Iraq and Syria  

Tehran has tonight launched a missile attack on two Iraq air bases housing US and coalition troops, defense sources have revealed. 

Iranian state TV said 'tens' of surface-to-surface missiles were launched Tuesday.  

Facilities targeted by ballistic missiles from inside Iran include Al Asad in western Iraq - where Trump visited in December 2018 - and Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, which provides facilities and services to at least hundreds of coalition personnel and CIA operatives. 

Trump was briefed on the reports of rocket attacks, '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 press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.

 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi handed a note about the attack as she discussed the situation in Iran in a meeting with lawmakers.

Pelosi stopped the discussion the Steering Committee to report the news, according to Michigan Democrat Rep. Dan Kildee.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7862453/Multiple-rockets-hit-Taji-military-base-Iraq-American-British-troops-based.html

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here is a video of President Trump BEFORE this post about the exchange of fire with Iran 

 

https://youtu.be/CNVDU3L7EeM?t=435

 

I tried to start that 7:31 min video where he mentions our common reason for being here each day.  

BUT the whole video is great. He is with Prime Minister from Greece.  

 

BELOW:  the posts quoted from twitter about the exchange of fire: (just copying and pasting, I cannot confirm)

God Bless our Troops.  

 

These missiles from Iran to multiple Iraq based US bases have reportedly killed 20 American service personnel. 

US fighter jets have taken off from a US base in UAE.

 

US deploys nuclear-capable bombers within striking distance of Iran

 

Hearing more than just F-35s are taking off

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

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OIL PRICES SOAR AFTER ROCKET ATTACK ON US AIR BASE

 

New York (CNN Business)Oil prices climbed sharply Tuesday after the Pentagon saidIran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US bases in Iraq. 

The apparent retaliation for last week's US drone stroke against a senior Iranian commander amplifies concern about a spiraling ***-for-tat conflict between the United States and Iran. 
US crude jumped more than 4% to over $65 a barrel Tuesday evening after US officials said Iran launched more than a dozen missiles that targeted at least two bases hosting American military personnel. Crude, which settled at $62.70 a barrel during regular trading Tuesday, climbed as high as $65.48 a barrel. 
Significantly, the attack was claimed by Iran itself, not one of the nation's various proxy groups in the region. And the Pentagon said that Iran used ballistic missiles from inside Iraq, indicating a significant escalation. 
 
"It comes as no surprise that there has been a reprisal from Iran -- the concern is that this is just the sign of things to come," said Matt Smith, director of commodity research at ClipperData.
President Donald Trump, who has previously visited one of the airbases targeted, has been briefed on the rocket attacks. The Pentagon said it is "working on initial battle damage assessments" and will "take all necessary measures to protect and defense" US personnel and allies in the region. 
Trump has previously vowed to hit back at Iran if it retaliated for the US drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of the IRGC Quds Force.
Investors are on high alert for any signs of a clash between the United States and Iran that threatens oil supplies in the Middle East. Crude prices retreated earlier this week on hopes that energy supplies won't be impacted by the tensions. 
A spike in oil prices could deal a blow to the world economy, which is already struggling from weak manufacturing activity. Dow (INDU) futures tumbled more than 300 points, or 1.2%, late Wednesday.I 
 
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Showdown ,crunch time.  Let's get our  best most powerful  good vibes and prayers  going for what is good and fair  and for the innocent casualties that will undoubtedly occur . This is not about us getting rich anymore .

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I gotta believe that Trump knew full well that he was pooking the bear BIGTIME  when  we  sent Solemania  to his 999 virgins .  Good luck with that, dude , it might not be as fun as you think .   We want this debacle in Iraq to end , no more useless endless wars . This is a crucial moment .  The cradle of cizilization coming to the forefront again .

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The key is to strategically strike Iranian military and political leaders...leave the citizenry in tact, if at all possible. I know that in the past military battles always resulted in mass casualties. With the pin-point accuracy of utilizing Laser-Guided weapons to targets deep within our enemies' own borders, it's time to open up a can of WOOP-AR$$!

 

Indy

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Now  ,  iraq can start !  Tell iran and u.s. forces  to stand down  ,  iraq raise money values up to 3 too 1 values  bolster the Iraqi troops , and shows strength of what a holy war could be  ! 

And take your  militants back with you 

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23 minutes ago, coorslite21 said:

The perfect time to destroy the nuclear enrichment facilities.....after all.....that's what this is about......remove that threat.......also the 3 refineries......and the trifecta of eliminating the radar/tracking facilities.......perhaps Iran took the bait....

JMO.      CL

Yep...I agree...they say the one is deep in a mountain, so level the mountain.

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IRAN'S IRGC TARGETS BASES HOSTING US TROOPS IN IRAQ WITH ROCKETS: REPORTS

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http://www.nrttv.com/EN/News.aspx?id=18916&MapID=2

 

SULAIMANI — Multiple rockets fired from Iran early on Wednesday morning (January 8 hit al-Asad air base in Iraq’s Anbar province, which hosts US forces.

The Pentagon released a statement confirming the attack and indicating that a base in Erbil had also been targeted.

Iranian media outlets reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps claimed credit for the attack in a statement, characterizing it as a response to the assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani by the US.

The IRGC also warned other countries in the region that installations hosting US troops could also potentially be targets.

The Pentagon's statement said that “more than a dozen” missiles had been fired.

“It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel” at al-Asad and Erbil, the statement read.

“We are working on initial battle damage assessments.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted that US President Donald Trump had been briefed about the situation and was monitoring the situation closely along with his national security team.

Earlier in the day, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper warned that Iranian action was to be expected.

“I think we should expect that they will retaliate in some way, shape or form,” he told a news briefing at the Pentagon, adding that such retaliation could be through Iran-backed proxy groups outside of Iran or “by their own hand.”

“We’re prepared for any contingency. And then we will respond appropriately to whatever they do.”

Al-Asad air base hosts Iraq, US, and coalition troops and was visited by Trump during his surprise visit to the country in December 2018.

In Erbil, a siren sounded near the US consulate in the suburb of Ankawa, but there was no immediate indication that there had been any strike damage in the area.

(NRT Digital Media)

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POMPEO, ESPER ARRIVE AT WHITE HOUSE AFTER IRAN ATTACK ON IRAQI BASE

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45 minutes ago

http://www.nrttv.com/EN/News.aspx?id=18917&MapID=2

 

SULAIMANI — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived at the White House late on Tuesday (January 7) after Iran fired missiles on at least two Iraqi air bases hosting US-led coalition forces.

A White House spokeswoman said President Donald Trump has been briefed on the attacks as is monitoring the situation closely. Vice President Mike Pence has been in contact with congressional leaders, a Pence spokeswoman said.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)

 

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