Sandra Alves with agencies
Yesterday at 23:47, updated today at 03:22
Iran has launched a missile strike on two bases in Iraq where the United States military is located, "in the name of Soleimani."
Several missiles were launched from Iran towards Iraq this Wednesday at dawn, targeting bases with US military. The Pentagon confirmed in a statement quoted by France-Presse that "more than a dozen missiles" have hit two Iraqi bases used by the United States Army and the Department of Defense has announced that it is "doing a preliminary damage assessment" and planning "the answer".
Al-Assad air base in Anbar province, home to prominent US military personnel and the US-led international coalition, was the target of a multi-missile attack.
"This morning (Wednesday in Iran, Tuesday night in mainland Portugal) courageous Iranian Air Force fighters successfully launched an operation called 'Operation Martyr Soleimani' (…) firing dozens of ground-to-earth missiles to the base of the US terrorist and invading forces of Al-Assad, "reported the Iranian international news agency ISNA.
Another target of the attack was the military base in Erbil, northern Iraq, a US military told ABC News.
The White House said the US president "has been informed and is following the situation closely." Then Donald Trump met with Secretaries of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Mark Esper. Contrary to what was equated, Trump did not make a public statement during the night.
There is still no information on the existence of victims.
The US State Department stressed in a statement that following Iran's recent threats "appropriate steps have been taken to safeguard our people and partners."
"These bases were on high alert following indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region," said spokesman Jonathan Hoffman. "As we assess the situation and our response, we will take the necessary steps to protect and defend US personnel, partners and allies in the region," he added.
Following the attack, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards warned the United States and regional allies against any retaliation through a statement issued by the Iranian official agency IRNA. "We warn all American allies, who have made their bases available to this terrorist army, that any territory that constitutes a starting point for aggressive acts against Iran will be attacked," guarantee the Revolutionary Guards, including Israel in the threats.
Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran's elite Al-Quds force, died on Friday in an air raid on his car near Baghdad, Iraqi capital, ordered by US President Donald Trump.
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