An official release from the Department of Defense has confirmed a strike from Iran against two U.S. bases in Iraq. The attacks were carried out via more than a dozen ballistic missiles at roughly 5:30 pm Eastern Time.
The Al-Asad airbase and a smaller base northeast of it at Erbil were targeted by the Iranian missiles. The U.S. has issued an initial statement saying there were no casualties, but that they are waiting for daylight before they can provide a full damage assessment. There are conflicting reports from Iraqi officials regarding casualties for military and civilian workers who have been supporting U.S. troops.
Iran’s Foreign Minister has issued the official statement from that regime about the attacks. They have made it clear that they take responsibility for them, and that they claim the strikes were an appropriate and measured response to the killing of their General.
President Trump’s Twitter account has responded as well:
Amidst the escalating tension, Iran has now reported that a Ukranian passenger jet carrying 180 people has crashed in Tehran. There is no word whether the incident may be related to the military actions of various parties in the Middle East.