Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq at approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7.
According to U.S. officials, the 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. There are no casualties reported in the missile strikes and a statement from the Pentagon said that initial battle damage assessments are now being carried out.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he will be making a statement on January 8 regarding the Iranian attacks.
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
According to news reports, Iran attempted to launch a total of 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq with 10 hitting Al-Asad Air Base, one hitting Erbil and four failing to reach targets. Iranian officials said the attack was in response to the recent killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force in a U.S. strike in Baghdad.
Statement from Assistant to the U.S. 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.