Iran launched Operation Martyr Soleimani, targeted two U.S military bases in Iraq

January 08, 2020 (GMN) - The Pentagon said it is assessing the damage after at least two U.S. military bases in Iraq were targeted by “more than a dozen ballistic missiles” fired by Iran.

Assistant to the Defense Secretary for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman said the attack occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Iran time on Wednesday. The attack happened at roughly the same time U.S. President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike in Iraq that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani four days earlier.

“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,” Hoffman said.

He added the U.S. will take “all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region,” adding its bases have been “on high alert” as a precaution following threats from Iran.

Iran local media said it launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles at Iraq’s Ain Assad air base housing U.S. troops as part of its promise to avenge Soleimani.

“This morning, courageous fighters of the IRGC’s Air Force launched a successful operation called Operation Martyr Soleimani, with the code ‘Oh Zahra’ by firing tens of ground-to-ground missiles at the base of the terrorist and invasive US forces,” the country’s state-run news outlet ISNA reported on Tuesday.

State TV described it early Wednesday as Tehran’s revenge operation over the killing of Soleimani. (AP)