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Iran's top general Soleimani killed in US strike


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Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
The attack comes days after the U.S. killed Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
By Luis Martinez and Elizabeth McLaughlin
January 7, 2020, 4:29 PM
9 min read

https://abcnews.go.com/International/iran-launches-missiles-us-air-bases-iraq-us/

Multiple missiles have been launched at Iraq from Iran targeting American military facilities, according to a U.S. official.

"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 U.S. forces named Ain Al Asad," the country's state-run news outlet ISNA reported, referring to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the Trump administration officially designated as a terrorist organization in April.

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 on Wednesday morning, local time. The facilities include Erbil in northern Iraq and Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, the official said.

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Re: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2020, 04:35:41 PM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/world/middleeast/iran-fires-missiles-us.html

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Iran Fires on U.S. Forces at 2 Bases in Iraq, Calling It ‘Fierce Revenge’
Published Jan. 7, 2020
Updated Jan. 8, 2020, 3:10 a.m. ET

BAGHDAD — Iran attacked two bases in Iraq that house American troops with a barrage of missiles early Wednesday, Iranian official news media and United States officials said, fulfilling Tehran’s promise to retaliate for the killing of a top Iranian commander.

“The fierce revenge by the Revolutionary Guards has begun,” the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said in a statement on a Telegram messaging app channel.

Iraqi military officials said that Iran had fired 22 missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American troops are stationed. United States officials initially said there were no immediate indications of American casualties, and senior Iraqi officials later said that there were no American or Iraqi casualties in the strikes.

After the strikes, President Trump, who has vowed a strong response to any Iranian attack on American targets, met at the White House with his top national security advisers, including Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to discuss possible retaliatory options.

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Re: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2020, 02:26:48 AM »
Iraq says Iran informed it of imminent missile attack on US forces

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Baghdad (AFP) - Iraq's prime minister's office said Wednesday it had received "an official verbal message" from Iran informing it that a missile attack on US forces stationed on Iraqi soil was imminent.

Iran launched 22 missiles at Iraqi bases housing US and other coalition troops early Wednesday in response to the killing of senior Revolution Guards commander Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad last week.

In its first statement hours later, premier Adel Abdel Mahdi's office said it had been warned.

"We received an official verbal message from the Islamic Republic of Iran that the Iranian response to the assassination of Qasem Soleimani had begun or would begin shortly, and that the strike would be limited to where the US military was located in Iraq without specifying the locations," it said.

The prime minister's office said it was simultaneously contacted by the US, as the missiles slammed into the Ain al-Asad base in western Iraq and Harir further north.

"We immediately warned Iraqi military commanders to take the necessary precautions," it said, adding that no Iraqi forces had been hurt in the attack.

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Re: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2020, 02:28:00 AM »
A picture of the targeted areas. The munitions are noted to be remarkably precise, just as they were during last year's attacks.



Source: https://twitter.com/ArmsControlWonk/status/1214962026805465088

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Re: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2020, 06:44:36 AM »
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51042156

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Iran missile attack: Did Tehran intentionally avoid US casualties?
8 January 2020

What did Iran and the US say?
A statement from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said "tens of surface-to-surface missiles" were launched early on Wednesday "to crush the occupied air base of terrorist and aggressor army of the US in Al Asad", the hub for American military operations in western Iraq.

Iran's Tasnim news agency, which is close to the IRGC, reported that Fateh-313 and Qiam missiles were used in the attack , and that US forces failed to intercept them because they were equipped with cluster warheads. The warheads also caused "tens of explosions" at Al Asad, it said.

The US defence department said Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles that targeted at least two Iraqi military bases - al-Asad and Irbil, in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region.

But Mr Trump said US forces suffered no casualties as a result of the Iranian missile attacks, and that the bases sustained "only minimal damage". In a televised statement, he credited "the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces, and an early warning system that worked very well", and declared: "Iran appears to be standing down."




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Re: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2020, 06:53:29 AM »
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/08/middleeast/iran-base-strikes-logic-intl/index.html

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Iran's strikes seem intended to avoid US deaths. Here's why that might be the case
Updated 2128 GMT (0528 HKT) January 8, 2020

The timing. The target. The threats of heavy retaliation already "locked and loaded," as President Trump would have had it.
Yet Wednesday morning's missile strikes against al-Asad airbase and Erbil airport -- both of which play host to US troops -- were clearly not an act designed to kill the most Americans possible.

Iran will have known that the troops are normally asleep in the early hours of the morning. Choosing to attack then likely minimized the number of personnel roaming around the base who could be killed or injured.

It will also have known the US has a strong air defense system that would have been on high alert. Tehran should have a grasp of how well its missiles would fare against such technology.
The missile attacks don't make sense if Tehran's goal was to really hurt US troops in large numbers -- as some had been pledging to do.

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Three possible explanations

The dust is still settling, and even at the best of times Iran's motivations can be opaque, but there are three possible explanations for the action.

First, that Khamenei, Iran's octogenarian Supreme Leader, is out of touch with what his military can achieve and overestimated the effectiveness of the strikes, which then failed.

Such a miscalculation would be surprising, given his reported involvement in and knowledge of Iranian military affairs.

Second, that moderation won out, and this largely empty signal -- hitting military targets in the dead of night with a small number of missiles -- provides the off-ramp both sides might ultimately have been looking for.

This would be logical, given that neither Tehran nor Washington has much to gain from a prolonged fight.

Third, it might be a bid by Iran to lull the US into a false sense of security -- that Iran is militarily weak and has done its worst -- while an asymmetrical and nastier response is plotted.

That would require a lot of strategic acumen from a government split between hardline and moderate wings, and would mean Tehran was relatively certain no Americans would be hurt in this missile attack.

It is possible Iran allowed a warning to be passed to the US. The Iraqi Prime Minister's office said it was given verbal notification from Tehran just before the attack happened. It's hard to see how the US would not learn of that somehow.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/08/politics/iran-messages-us-response/index.html

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Iran sent 'multiple messages' to US that its attacks were done
Updated 2214 GMT (0614 HKT) January 8, 2020

Iran initiated contact through at least three back channels starting late Tuesday, including through Switzerland and other countries. There were "multiple messages and they were all the same," a person familiar with the matter said. Iran wanted to convey their retaliatory action had ended -- and was waiting to see how the US would respond.

The back-and-forth communication came as American officials were still determining the extent of the Iranian attacks, and were formulating plans for a response. In response, the US sought to communicate to Iran that its proxies in the region were of equal concern as the activities of the Iranian state, the person familiar said.

The National Security Council didn't respond to a request for comment.

Multiple administration officials previously told CNN there is a growing belief among some Trump administration officials that Iran's missiles intentionally missed areas populated by Americans when they targeted two Iraqi bases housing US troops early Wednesday local time.

Iran launched the attack in retaliation for the American strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week, further escalating tensions between the two countries. Officials have said there were no US casualties as a result of the attacks, though a full assessment is underway.

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Re: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2020, 07:36:36 AM »
Iran missile attack: Did Tehran intentionally avoid US casualties?
8 January 2020

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-51042156

Iraq's military said the country was hit by 22 missiles early on Wednesday

In the early hours of 8 January, Iran launched attacks on Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for a US drone strike in Baghdad last Friday that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani.

But despite furious warnings from Tehran that the US would pay a significant price for that killing - no-one was hurt by the retaliatory attack, according to US President Donald Trump.

So did Iran intentionally avoid causing casualties?

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The US defence department said Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles that targeted at least two Iraqi military bases - Al Asad and Irbil, in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region.

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Re: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2020, 12:43:43 AM »
https://www.janes.com/article/93636/us-iranian-commanders-disagree-on-missile-attack-intentions

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US, Iranian commanders disagree on missile attack intentions
10 January 2020

While the commander of Iran's missile force has said the ballistic missile attacks on Iraqi bases early on 8 January were not intended to kill US personnel, nevertheless there was a significant risk of casualties that further escalated the dangerous confrontation between the two countries.


A photograph that purportedly shows one of the Iranian missiles that was launched at Iraqi bases early on 8 January. It is a member of the Fateh-110 family of solid-propellent missiles. (Imamedia.org)


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Re: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2020, 02:18:55 PM »
34 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike
By Ryan Browne, Barbara Starr and Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN

Updated 1:39 PM ET, Fri January 24, 2020

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/24/politics/34-injuries-iran-missile-strike/index.html

Washington (CNN)Thirty-four US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Friday.

Seventeen service members who were injured have since returned to duty in Iraq, sixteen of whom were treated locally in the country.
Nine service members are still being treated in Germany. An additional eight service members who had been flown to Germany have since been sent to the United States for additional treatment. The eight service members, who arrived in the US Friday morning, will be treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center or at hospitals in their home bases.

Although traumatic brain injuries are not always apparent immediately after they've been suffered, the disclosure of injured US service members indicates that the impact of the attack was more serious than initial assessments indicated.

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Re: Iran launches missiles at US military facilities in Iraq: US official
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2021, 03:25:41 AM »
60 Minutes

More than 100 U.S. service members sustained traumatic brain injuries after an Iranian ballistic missile attack on Al Asad Airbase in January 2020. https://cbsn.ws/3dW8ru0

https://youtu.be/fj6B55c2U-8