Initial-Iranian missile attack on US installations has begun
US official to ABC confirms Iranian ballistic missiles have been launched on multiple US military facilities in Iraq including Erbil in northern Iraq and Al Asad Air Base in the west.
The Ain Al Asad US airbase which hosts most of the US troops in the Anbar region of Iraq has been hit with more than a dozen BALLISTIC MISSILES.
Some outlets are reporting casualties among the US occupation soldiers.
The incident comes as the US and Iran stand on the brink of open war.
Tehran had vowed “hard revenge” on Washington after last week’s drone strike that assassinated Quds Force head General Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad international airport, along with several leaders of the Iraqi Shia militia.
Statement by the PENTAGON:
"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 from inside Iran."
Statement by the US Department of Defense:
"It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil."
Statement from IRGC:
"The brave soldiers of IRGC's aerospace unit have launched a successful attack with tens of ballistic missiles on Al Assad military base in the name of martyr Gen.Qasem Soleimani.
We warn all allied countries of the US that if attacks are launched from bases in their countries on Iran, they will be a target of military retaliation."
US President Trump currently getting briefed on Iran's attack on US positions in Iraq.
“We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said on Tuesday.
Reports of US planes scrambling out of Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
More updates to follow.