ABC News: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WATE) – UPDATE – 11:10 p.m. — U.S. Department of Defense officials said Tuesday night that senior DOD officials made calls to regional and NATO allies to get their “input and feedback” on recent events. The calls were “productive” and there will be more tomorrow and in the coming days.

The official also told ABC News, “I’m not going to forecast any response by the US government tonight.”

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UPDATE – 9:48 p.m. — President Donald Trump tweets regarding Tuesday night’s Iranian missile launch.

UPDATE – 9:08 p.m. — A defense official tells ABC News that Iran fired 15 total ballistic missiles:

  • 10 hit Al Asad (western Iraq)
  • 1 hit Erbil (northern Iraq)
  • 4 “failed in flight.”

This according to initial reports.

UPDATE – 8:50 p.m. — Federal Aviation Administration reporting that all U.S. airlines are indefinitely banned from flying over Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

This due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the Middle East, which present an inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or misidentification.

UPDATE – 8:40 p.m. — White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that President Trump was monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.

UPDATE – 7:30 p.m. — ABC News reporting:

“We have spoken to a source in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) who confirms that three missiles were fired at the international airport and adjoining US military base.
Two of the missiles were shot down by anti-missile batteries and the third missile fell behind the airport but did not explode.”

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UPDATE – 7:11 p.m. — Statement from Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman:

“At approximately 5:30 p.m. 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 Erbil. 
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.”

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman

UPDATE – 7:04 p.m. — A U.S. official confirming that missiles are still inbound from Iran to multiple locations inside Iraq, specifically Erbil and Al Assad bases.

ORIGINAL STORY:

ABC News reporting that a U.S. official confirmed Tuesday night that ballistic missiles had been fired from inside Iran at multiple U.S. military facilities inside Iraq.

The facilities include Erbil in northern Iraq and Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, the official said. We do not have information on casualties.

“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.”

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham

“This morning, courageous fighters of the IRGC’s Air Force launched a successful operation called Operation Martyr Soleimani, with the code ‘Oh Zahra’ by firing tens of ground-to-ground missiles at the base of the terrorist and invasive US forces,” the country’s state-run news outlet ISNA reported.

A U.S. official confirms to ABC News that ballistic missiles have been fired from inside Iran at multiple U.S. military facilities inside Iraq. The facilities include Erbil in northern Iraq and Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, the official said.

The attack comes days after the U.S. killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a drone attack in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper in a briefing at the Pentagon Tuesday said the U.S. was ready to retaliate for any attack launched by Iran.

“Thirdly, to our partners and allies and to the Iran regime, I would like to say we are not looking to start a war with Iran. But we are prepared finish one,” Esper said. “As I’ve told my many colleagues, as I spoke to them over the last few days, what we like to see is the situation be escalated and for Iran to sit down with us to begin a discussion about a better way ahead.”

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