MissilesFired; #TwoAirbasesTargeted; #IranAttacks
Iran, Jan 7 (Canadian-Media): More than a dozen missiles had been fired approximately at 5:30 p.m. ET by Iran targeting at least two airbases -- at Ain Assad and Erbil -- in Iraq which host U.S. and coalition military personnel, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday evening, and warned the United States and its allies against retaliating, media reports said.
The attack occurred a few hours after crowds in Iran mourned Soleimani. U.S. embassies and consulates in Asia, Africa and Europe issued security alerts for Americans.
The bases have been on high alert due to news that Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.
"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," the statement said.
The U.S. and its regional allies had been warned by the Revolutionary Guard against retaliating.
"We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted," the statement said.
U.S. President Donald Trump was aware of the reports and was monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper both arrived at the White House late Tuesday following the attacks.