US’ Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq Comes Under Rocket Attack – Updates

Reports citing military sources say several rockets have been fired at the Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, which houses a large US air base.

Early reports on the situation say anywhere between six to 30 rockets were fired at the base and “rounds are still coming in,” according to VOA News’ Carla Babb.

Iran’s Fars news agency labeled the reported Iranian ballistic missiles fired at the US base as “hard revenge” in a translated social media post.

”Start of Iran’s vengeful US retaliation,” the news agency said in a since-deleted posting which reportedly showed the launch of several missiles toward the US air base.

“Under missile attack from Iran. These are either cruise missiles or short-range

ballistic missiles. All over the country,” said a senior US military source stationed in Iraq, reported Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin.

Missiles were also reportedly fired at the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, which contains a US consulate.

US officials have yet to comment on the number of service members injured or killed in the strike.

“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 said Tuesday.

The IRGC’s attack on the US military facilities in Iraq comes hours after Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps official Maj. Gen. Mortada Qurbani announced his forces were “in a high state of alert to destroy [Europe and the US’] bases in the region and humiliate you.”

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?? Iraq subjected to bombardment by 22 missiles: Iraqi military

The Iraqi military said the country was subjected to bombardment between 1:45am and 2:15am.

It said that 17 of the missiles fell on the Ain al-Asad base including two that did not explode, while five missiles fell on Erbil.

There were no casualties among Iraqi forces it said.

?? What we know about the targeted military bases

Iran targeted two military bases that house US troops in Iraq earlier today — the Al Assad air base and a base in Erbil. Here’s what we know:

Al Assad airbase is one of the largest and oldest military bases in Iraq. It is located in Anbar province, a hotbed of ISIS activity in western Iraq between 2014 and 2017.

In December 2018, US President Donald Trump visited troops at Al Assad. “ We came in, we were — we felt very safe coming in. It was a pretty difficult journey in certain ways, but we felt very, very good; very safe,” Trump said, according to a White House transcript.

Vice President Mike Pence visited Al Assad a year later to celebrate Thanksgiving with roughly 150 service members.

?? Japan urges diplomacy after Iran missile attack

Japan urged a return to diplomacy and called on governments to do their utmost to help ease tensions following the Iranian missile strike at bases in Iraq used by US forces.

Japanese Chief Cabinet spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the government would “coordinate with the related governments to collect intelligence while we ensure the safety of Japanese citizens in the region.”

“Japan will also urge all related nations to do their utmost diplomatic effort to improve the relations,” he added.

?? US security posture in UAE unchanged after Iraq strikes – official

The United States has maintained its security posture in key ally the United Arab Emirates, a spokesperson from the US embassy said.

“The US security posture in the UAE has not changed,” the spokesperson told Reuters.

?? Oil surges, stocks fall after Iran attack

Oil prices surged after the Iran attack on US forces in Iraq, raising the prospect of a regional conflagration that could disrupt oil supplies. Stocks fell sharply.

Brent crude futures soared $1.83, or 2.7 percent, to $70.10 by about 01:48 GMT, after earlier rising to $71.75, the highest since mid-September 2019.

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?? Iran to Take All Necessary Actions Against Any US Use of Force – Envoy to UN

Iran will take all necessary and proportionate actions against any threat or use of force, Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said in a letter addressed to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council.

“Accordingly, in conformity with international law and in exercising its inherent right to self-defence, Iran will take all necessary and proportionate measures against any threat or use of force,” Ravanchi said on Tuesday.

Ravanchi also called on the Security Council to strongly condemn the US threats and policies and hold the country accountable for its “wrongful” acts.

?? Trump Discusses Iran, Iraq With Qatari Emir – White House Spokesman

Judd Deere, the deputy press secretary of the White House, said that Trump had thanked Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for Qatar’s partnership with the United States. Apart from Iraq and Iran, they touched upon important bilateral and regional matters.

Meanwhile, Deere did not specify whether the negotiations had been held prior to or after Iran’s attacks on US military facilities in Iraq.

?? US Federal Aviation Authority Bans Flights Over Persian Gulf Due to Heightened Military Activities

?? Ministers Leave White House as Their Talks With Trump Are Over – CNN


? Israel’s Air Force, Air Defence on High Alert Amid the Attacks – Al Arabiya

? Via Sputnik:  US Forces in Syria on High Alert, Moving to Base Close to Iraqi Border – Reports

US Forces in eastern Syrian Deir ez-Zur province are on high alert and started moving to the military base close to the Iraqi border, following the attack, state-run Syria TV reported.

Syria TV also said that they received information regarding the beginning of an evacuation of US forces from the Al-Omar oil field and the Conoco gas field. US troops are on their way to the military base near Ash Shaddadi town in Hasakah province.

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