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Iran retaliates against US in rocket attack on 2 Iraqi bases

Bloomberg1/8/2020 09:16 AM GMT+08  • 5 min read
Iran retaliates against US in rocket attack on 2 Iraqi bases
“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,” according to a Pentagon statement.
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(Jan 8): Iran fired a series of rockets at two US-Iraqi airbases early Wednesday morning Baghdad time, the Pentagon said, in the first Iranian response to the killing of General Qassem Soleimani by American forces last week.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps earlier claimed responsibility for the barrage, which the Pentagon said was launched from Iran and targeted the Ayn al-Asad base in western Iraq and another facility in Erbil. It wasn’t immediately clear whether there were casualties or major damage from the attacks.

“We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.” Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo were at the White House, CNN reported.

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