Iran Hits US Military Base in Iraq With Ballistic Missiles

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UPDATE 15: 10:56pm EST – Iranian state TV has reported the Ukrainian airplane carrying 180 passengers and crew has crashed near Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport.

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UPDATE 14: 9:58pm EST – According to Military Times, zero US soldiers were killed in Iran missile strike tonight, however the Pentagon and U.S. Central Command have not provided a formal battle damage assessment.

It can end right now.

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UPDATE 13: 9:53pm EST – Trump tweets:

“All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.”

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UPDATE 12: 9:42pm EST – Iran’s top foreign minister just took to Twitter with the following statement:

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Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched.

We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.

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UPDATE 11: 9:32pm EST – According to the Tehran bureau chief for NBC News, Iranian state media are claiming they “caught America off guard” and have killed over 30 soldiers.

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UPDATE 10: 9:19pm EST – According to a US defense official, Iran launched 15 missiles, of which 11 hit their targets and four failed in flight. Ten of the missiles hit the sprawling al-Assad Air Base in Iraq. US radar tracked the missiles in flight and personnel at the base were able to take cover before they hit. The defense official also said the US made no effort to intercept the missiles.

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UPDATE 9: 9:11pm EST – Iran has said that if there is no retaliation from the US military for these latest attacks then they will stop attacking, according to NBC’s Ali Arouzi. But if the US strikes back then their response “will be crushing and widespread.”

Iran has also warned that if there is retaliation they will launch their third wave to destroy Dubai and Haifa, according to Ali Arouzi of NBC.

Iraqi officials are reporting no known Iraqi casualties so far during the Iranian retaliation against US.

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UPDATE 8: 9:05pm EST – No American casualties reported so far. Trump will NOT give an address tonight.

Canadian troops are temporarily’ pulling out of Iraq “for safety reasons.”

The IRGC has urged Washington to withdraw all of its troops from the region “in order to avoid further losses and not to allow the lives of their soldiers to be further threatened by the ever-growing hatred” of the US.

The FAA has issued emergency restriction for Persian Gulf airspace due to “potential for miscalculation or mis-identification.” All civilian flights over Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and the Gulf of Oman are banned “due to heightened military activities,” according to AP.

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UPDATE 7: 8:03pm EST – President Trump is preparing to address the nation from the oval office after consulting with his national security team. So far there has been no word on injuries and/or deaths.

The Iraqi PMF has announced the start of military operation “Overwhelming Response.”

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UPDATE 6: 7:51pm EST – US Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived at the White House around 7:30pm EST, in addition to the Chairman of Joint Chiefs. Trump’s entire war cabinet is now at the White House.

The world awaits the US counter-response.

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UPDATE 5: 7:41pm EST – Fars News Agency is reporting that a US National Security Council meeting has begun. Meanwhile, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has issued a statement urging the U.S. military to call back American soldiers from the region.

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UPDATE 4: 7:34pm EST – The Pentagon just released a full statement, confirming that more than a dozen missiles were fired from within Iran, and that at least two Iraqi military bases which were hosting US troops have been targeted.

Statement from Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman

At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.

We are working on initial battle damage assessments.

In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.

As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. 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.

More and more footage of the attack is appearing on social media:

US F-35s have been launched from bases in Turkey and the UAE.

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UPDATE 3: 7:30pm EST – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is claiming that the Ain Al-Assad base in Iraq is “completely destroyed” after the missile attack.

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UPDATE 2: 7:23pm EST – Iran says a second wave of missiles has been launched at US military bases in Iraq. And there are now reports of US jets “in the air” from Turkey.

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UPDATE 1 7:15pm EST – Six US F-35s have taken off from the UAE. Iran has warned that they will attack any US aircraft launched from the UAE to attack Iran.

Earlier today it was reported by CNN’s Barbara Starr that nuclear-capable B-52s will be “available for operations against Iran if ordered.”

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It has just been confirmed that Iran has hit a US military base in Iraq with “tens of missiles.”

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it is responsible for launching the missiles. The name of the ongoing retaliation is Operation Martyr Soleimani.

The drop in S&P futures is accelerating as more senior US military officials confirm that a US army base in Iraq is under ballistic missile attack.

 

An American military official is quoted as saying:

“Not only al-Assad, but all of our bases in Iraq have been targeted. The attacks used short-range cruise and ballistic missiles.”

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