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Iran Has Fired Missiles At US Bases in Iraq

Donald Trump speaking with the media at a hangar at Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo: Gage Skidmore). Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani holding press conference after his victory at 2017 presidential election. (Photo: Mahmoud Hosseini)
Donald Trump speaking with the media at a hangar at Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo: Gage Skidmore). Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani holding press conference after his victory at 2017 presidential election. (Photo: Mahmoud Hosseini)

Iran launched over a dozen missiles at two American bases, Asad and Erbil, in Iraq early Wednesday, according to Iranian official news media and United States officials. The military strike marks the beginning of what Iran claims will be a “fierce revenge” for the Trump administration’s assassination of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani last Thursday.

“The fierce revenge by the Revolutionary Guards has begun,” Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said in a statement.

The Department of Defense issued a statement on the attack: “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.”

There were no immediate reports of casualties, according to the New York Times.

According to NBC News Tehran Bureau Chief & correspondent Ali Arouzi, the IRGC said that Ayatollah Khamenei is in control centre cordinating attacks. The Ayatollah says he does not see any difference between America and Israel in this conflict, according to Arouzi.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Quds Force issued a warning that they will attack Haifa in Israel and Dubai if the United States retaliates:

The IRGC also threatened to attack other countries the US uses to attack Iranian targets:

However, Iran reportedly said it will stop its attacks if there is no retaliation from the United States.

Iraq has sanctioned the attack, making it technically within the bounds of international law, according to sources in the Baghdad Military Command and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) speaking with Citizen Truth’s Catherine Shakdam. The PMU has reportedly joined the operation.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said that the president has been briefed on the situation.

“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.”

Iranian officials said the attacks began at 1:20 a.m., the time that General Suleimani was killed by an American drone at the Baghdad airport on Friday.

Citizen Truth’s Catherine Shakdam: Iraq and Iran Execute Coordinated Attack on US Military Bases in Iraq

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Peter Castagno

Peter Castagno is a staff writer and assistant editor at Citizen Truth.

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