Iran fired missiles at Iraqi airbase, targeting US forces, on Wednesday in an attempt to threaten the US of ‘more crushing responses’, if Pentagon carried out further strikes. Iranian state media confirmed the country’s act of vengeance, stating that Tehran launched “tens of missiles” just after midnight targeting Ain al-Asad airbase, Iraq’s largest military compound where foreign troops are stationed.
As per the sources, nine rockets hit the wide airbase located in the west of Iraq. Pentagon claimed that Iran fired more than a dozen missiles hitting Ain al-Asad and another installation hosting the US and coalition forces near Arbil.
Iran state television confirmed the death of at least 80 ‘American terrorists’ in the Iranian airstrike. As per the media reports, the latest attack ‘severely damaged’ US military helicopters and war equipments.
This comes amid a hike in tensions between the US and Iran over the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi top commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Iran claimed that it would hit 100 other such sights to eliminate US forces from Iraq if the US retaliates.
Iran attack comes after a day after the Iraqi hardline group, Harakat al-Nujaba, issued threats of retaliation.
On Tuesday, Akram al-Kaabi, head of the Harakat al-Nujaba group, said, “The US Marines must immediately return to their dens to make their coffins.”
He added, “The International Resistance Regiments have been formed in order to execute a harsh, deliberate response to the American terrorist forces.” In the words of Robert Fisk, the recent escalation of the Middle East crisis was US President Donald Trump’s miscalculated attempt to kill Soleimani was like putting a sword at the heart of Iran, without a doubt.
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