SULAIMANI — Multiple rockets hit al-Asad air base in Iraq’s Anbar province early on Wednesday morning (January 8), according to local reports.
The Pentagon released a statement indicating that a base in Erbil had also been targeted.
Iranian media outlets reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was taking credit for the attack, which it characterized as being in response to the assassination of Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani by the US.
The statement also warned other countries in the region that installations hosting US troops would also potentially be targets.
The Pentagon’s statement said that “more than a dozen” missiles had been fired at al-Asad and a base in Erbil and that they had been fired from within Iranian territory.
“It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and [Erbil],” the statement read.
“We are working on initial battle damage assessments.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted that US President Donald Trump had been briefed about the situation and was monitoring the situation closely along with his national security team.
The base hosts both US and Iraqi troops and was visited by Trump during his surprise visit to the country in December 2018.
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
In Erbil, there were reports of a siren being sounded near the US Consulate, but no immediate indication that there had been any strike targeting facilities near the city.
This is a developing story…