Iran attacks US forces in Iraq in retaliation for killing of General Suleimani
BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON: Iran said it launched a missile attack on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the US drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East.
Tehran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles from Iranian territory against at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US-led coalition personnel at about 1.30 a.m. local time, the US military said on Tuesday.
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed they fired the missiles to retaliate for last week's killing of Qassim Suleimani, according to a statement on state TV.
The statement advised the United States to withdraw its troops from the region to prevent more deaths, state TV said.
The Pentagon did not provide reports of casualties in the attack.
"We are working on initial battle damage assessments," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement, adding the bases targeted were al-Asad air base and another in Erbil, Iraq.
"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."
US President Donald Trump, who visited the al-Asad air base in December 2018, has been briefed on reports of the attack and was monitoring the situation, 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," Grisham said in a statement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US defense secretary Mark Esper arrived at the White House following news of the attack. It was unclear what response, if any, the United States was planning.
Himalaya Sumbly • 6 hours ago
Very soon Iran is gonna be wiped out !
Kulwant Kaur• 6 hours ago
It is good to respond when Pride of a country is involved Appreciate Iran has taken this step Let it be at any cost
Presstitutes R Curse• 2 hours ago
False pride at the cost of millions of life. Bad choice by Iran.
Dreet• 6 hours ago
After onions now cry at the Petrol Pump
Sre Balananda Sivam • 4 hours ago
In twenty four hours, Iran will be wiped out
PS Kumar• 26 mins ago
then you will cry why petrol price is sky rocketing.
Souvik• 6 hours ago
Stupid decision by Iran. they will be butchered by the USA.
Mort Walker • 1 hour ago
World knows that it was USA ally Iraq that got butchered after Iran won the Iran Iraq war!
wooofwooofer• 6 hours ago
Mr President, start the war and decimate Iran to dust.
Sainath Kalpathy • Vijayawada • 6 hours ago
USA has been asked to GET OUT by the IRAQI parliament and still SHAMELESSLY stays on and that SHOWS how UNPOPULAR this BLOOD THIRSTY FAKE DEMOCRACYcalled USA is in ME ! USA needs to be careful as IRAN is no PUSHOVER !
Swapnil Rao• 5 hours ago
Iraq usa doesn't matter. When is Hindustan going to Attack and take back Pakistan Occupied Kashmir ? BJP govt has Power, Military Capability. Best way to Tackle Radical Islamists, Jihadis is to Attack. This Cult has become a Curse for Entire humanity
John P Thomas • 5 hours ago
What about the areas occupied by China? I think you forgot that.
Satyendra Pandey• 5 hours ago
Only one egoistic idiot is sufficient to destroy the world. Hitler was one such idiot. Trump is the worst leader world has seen in last 50 years. Trump is pushing the world towards third world war. God save the world. I don't know how a developed country like USA elected such fool as their President.
Vinay Kallianpur• 4 hours ago
We have a lunatic as President of US...and a mad person can't think.
KIRON P• 5 hours ago
Iran fired more than a dozen missiles and not a single casualty. US fired from a drone killing a key figure. That's the difference between the two.
Rahul K• 4 hours ago
definately figures will be huge and US will retaliate for sure
Faheem Mohammad• 2 hours ago
ground realities will be surely different then the reporting data
Anthony • goa • 5 hours ago
Nirmala is cursed, now the oil price is going to shoot up and Indian economy going more down
Sharan Dsouza • 6 hours ago
American soldiers should pay for this. High time they sort out this mess.
Mohan Tvm • 4 hours ago
Americans profit from war.
Mir Faizal Ali • 6 hours ago
This is the start of the end
Dreet • Edison NJ • 6 hours ago
Are the Iranians going to help Trump win the polls? Hahaha