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Iran launches missiles vs. US forces in Iraq, Pentagon confirms

January 08, 2020 - Wednesday 3:01 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image Mourners, one of them holding a portrait of the slain chief of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, attend his burial ceremony in the central Iraqi shrine city of Najaf on January 8, 2020. Muhandis was killed last week with Iran's top military chief Qasem Soleimani and eight others in a US drone attack near Baghdad airport, which sparked fears of a regional proxy war between Washington and Tehran. Haidar HAMDANI / AFP

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that Iran has launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq.


"At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq," the Pentagon said in a statement.

"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 & Irbil," the statement said.

The White House said earlier Tuesday that it had noticed the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq, saying that President Donald Trump is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team. (Xinhua)