Iran attacks U.S. base

Andrew Cummings
January 12, 2020

A total of 22 missiles have hit two bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq but there were no Iraqi casualties, according to Iraq's military.

Mourners holding posters of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani attend a funeral ceremony for him and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a USA drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) Square in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 6, 2020. The Al-Asad airbase in Western Iraq, local time (2.50 IST) was hit at 1.20 p.m., while the Taji base was hit two hours later.

In his first statement after the attack, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards of Iran said "the revenge by the Revolutionary Guards has begun".

The US says it is ready to take part in "serious negotiations" with Iran, after the country fired missiles on American troops at two military bases in the country of Iraq.

US President Donald Trump, in a televised statement from the White House, said no US or Iraqi lives were lost in the attacks and said Iran appears to be "standing down".

Canada is moving soldiers out of Iraq and into Kuwait because of security issues, Canada's chief of defense staff Gen. Jonathan Vance said Tuesday.

"We are concerned by reports of casualties and use of ballistic missiles".

"So far, so good!" he wrote.

"Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now". We have by far the most powerful and best-equipped military in the world!

How has the USA responded to Iran's missile attack?

Arbil is the capital of the Kurdish region, and a top official from the regional government said no American military base or USA consulate was hit there. It did not provide evidence of how it obtained that information.

In turn, the United States banned flights of its civilian aircraft over a significant part of the Middle East, in particular over Iran, Iraq, the Persian and Omani gulfs. Meanwhile, the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) said they have asked Indian airlines to remain vigilant and to take all precautions in airspaces above Iran, Iraq, the Gulf of Oman and the waters of the Persian Gulf.

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