Iran launches missile attack on US bases in Iraq – latest news

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Ain al-Asad base is believed to have been attacked by Iran - Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Ain al-Asad base is believed to have been attacked by Iran - Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Ain al-Asad base is believed to have been attacked by Iran – Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="More than a dozen&nbsp;rockets have been launched against US targets by&nbsp;Iran, hitting an Iraqi airbase on Wednesday where American and coalition forces are based, Washington has confirmed.” data-reactid=”22″>More than a dozen rockets have been launched against US targets by Iran, hitting an Iraqi airbase on Wednesday where American and coalition forces are based, Washington has confirmed.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Iranian state TV said that Tehran had launched "tens" of surface-to-surface missiles&nbsp;in the attack on the Ain al-Assad airbase, in the country's west,&nbsp;as revenge for the killing of Gen Qassim Soleimani&nbsp;and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad last week.” data-reactid=”23″>Iranian state TV said that Tehran had launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles in the attack on the Ain al-Assad airbase, in the country’s west, as revenge for the killing of Gen Qassim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Baghdad last week.

It is unclear if there have been any casualties.

According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, Tehran has started a “second round” of attacks against American targets. The second round of attacks started an hour after the first phase took place, the agency reported. Meanwhile, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards has ordered the White House to ‘recall US troops’ from the region.

The Pentagon has confirmed the first attacks: “At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq.

“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 Irbil.”

A US official said that it was aware of attacks on multiple locations.

Defense Department spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said: “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran.”

He said the attacks “targeted at least two Iraqi military bases” and that the US is “working on initial battle damage assessments”. There are about 5,000 American troops in Iraq.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said: “The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.”

Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and Mark Esper, the defence secretary, have arrived at the White House.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The US defended the killing of Soleimani yesterday, claiming that the general was allegedly plotting an immediate attack against America.” data-reactid=”33″>The US defended the killing of Soleimani yesterday, claiming that the general was allegedly plotting an immediate attack against America.

Asked during a press conference whether the attack allegedly being masterminded by Soleimani had been days or weeks away, Mr Esper said: “I think it’s more fair to say days, for sure.”

Donald Trump followed up the comments by saying Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s proxy militias,  was planning a “very big attack” which would have affected America and taken “a lot of lives”.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Meanwhile, Iran accused the UK of being “a partner in crime” with the US over the attack&nbsp;as the Defence Secretary took “urgent measures” to protect the safety of British troops in the region.” data-reactid=”36″>Meanwhile, Iran accused the UK of being “a partner in crime” with the US over the attack as the Defence Secretary took “urgent measures” to protect the safety of British troops in the region.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="At least 60 people died and 200 were injured in a stampede yesterday during the funeral for Soleimani.” data-reactid=”37″>At least 60 people died and 200 were injured in a stampede yesterday during the funeral for Soleimani.

Tens of thousands had gathered in a central square in Kerman, the home town of the commander, as they prepared for his burial. Witnesses say mourners were violently pushed back from the cortege as the coffin passed, with crowds trampling on men, women and children.

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First pictures: Iran’s attack

Iranian state media has released images that allegedly show its attacks on the US targets.

An image from footage of the attack on Ain al-Assad shown on Iranian state television - Credit: GETTY IMAGES

An image from footage of the attack on Ain al-Assad shown on Iranian state television - Credit: GETTY IMAGES

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An image from footage of the attack on Ain al-Assad shown on Iranian state television Credit: GETTY IMAGES

 

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Oil prices leap up after news of attack

Oil prices spiked on Wednesday morning, rising over 4.5 per cent at one point after Iran’s attack.

The benchmark WTI jumped as much as 4.53 per cent to $65.54 a barrel before settling down slightly.

Oil prices hit a six-year high on Monday - Credit: BORIS ROESSLER/DPA

Oil prices hit a six-year high on Monday - Credit: BORIS ROESSLER/DPA

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Oil prices hit a six-year high on Monday Credit: BORIS ROESSLER/DPA

 

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Pentagon confirms attack

The Pentagon has confirmed the attack: “At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq.

“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 Irbil.”

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Iran: ‘Any base is a target’

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the attack was in retaliation for the US killing of Qassim Soleimani.

“We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted,” it said in a statement carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.

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President ‘monitoring’ attack

The White House press secretary has said that Donald Trump “has been briefed and is monitoring the situation” in Iraq after reports of airstrikes on a US and coalition base.