WORLD Iran: missiles fired at Iraqi air base housing US troops

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Iran: missiles fired at Iraqi air base housing US troops

AP

07:48, January 08, 2020

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Iranian lawmakers chant slogans as some of them hold posters of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in Iraq in a US drone attack, in an open session of parliament, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Photo: AP)

Iran state TV says Tehran has launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles at Iraq’s Ain Assad air base housing US troops over America’s killing of a top Iranian general.

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Video footage released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting reportedly shows rockets launched at Ain al-Asad airbase, a US military installation in Iraq. The attack on the Iraqi airbase in the country's west, where US and coalition forces are based, comes after pro-Tehran factions in Iraq vowed to "respond" to a US drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad last week. (Video source: AFP)

State TV described it early Wednesday as Tehran’s revenge operation over the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

US forces could not be immediately reached for comment.

Ain Assad air base is located in Iraq’s western Anbar province. It was first used by American forces after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. It later saw American troops stationed there amid the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

State TV said the operation’s name was “Marytr Soleimani.” It said the Guard’s aerospace division, which controls Iran’s missile program, launched the attack.


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