United States—- The Pentagon has confirmed that Iran has launched missiles at US military and coalition forces in Iraq. The Pentagon said Iran fired more than a dozen missiles.
“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.”– Jonathan Hoffman- Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
“We are working on initial battle damage assessments,” he added.
The bases, he said, have been on high alert “due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack US 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,” the Pentagon said.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, who is also a politician and representative of the Supreme Leader, tweeted an image of the Iranian flag following reports of attacks on al-Asad air base. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s office is said to have called the office of the Prime Minister of Iraq.
News reports state that there were difficulties getting through — as it is the middle of the night. They managed to get through, but it’s unclear who was actually on either end of the line, but source says there has been “communication between the US and Iraqi governments at the highest level.”