Satellite photos shows damage caused by Iranian missiles at Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq.
Four buildings were damaged in the early Wednesday morning attack. Another missile appears to hit a runway at the airbase, which is used by U.S. and Iraqi forces. The Department of Defense said Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against the base, as well as another installation at Irbil. Damage at that base isn’t known.
The attack came after a U.S. strike killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
The Department of Defense confirmed there were no U.S. fatalities related to the Iraq attack.
“In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region.”
In a briefing Wednesday, President Trump said Iran “appears to be standing down.”
“Our great American forces are prepared for anything,” the president said. “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”
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