Iranian state media is reporting that Tehran has fired multiple missiles at the al-Asad air base in western Iraq, which houses U.S. troops.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has taken responsibility for the attacks, calling it “fierce revenge” against the United States in retaliation for the death of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Last week, President Trump authorized an airstrike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani; the Trump administration has said Soleimani was targeted because he was planning imminent attacks against U.S. interests.
The Revolutionary Guards said “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles were fired, The Associated Press reports, while Iraq’s Joint Military Command says seven rockets hit the air base. A U.S. official told The New York Times six rockets landed at the base. No casualties have been reported. The attack occurred hours after Soleimani was buried in his hometown of Kerman, Iran.
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