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Iran attacks Al-Asad-Airbase north of Baghdad, Iraq



- Al-Asad-Airbase, Iraq


Iranian missiles have been launched and have hit the Al-Asad-Airbase in Iraq just north of Baghdad.


State TV described it early Wednesday as Tehran's revenge operation over the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard then warned the U.S. and its regional allies against retaliating over the missile attack in Iraq. The Guard issued the warning via a statement carried by Iran's state-run IRNA news agency.


"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 Guard said. It also threatened Israel.

A U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that ballistic missiles were fired from inside Iran at multiple military facilities inside Iraq. The facilities included Al Asad air base in western Iraq as well as Erbil in northern Iraq, the official said. There was no immediate information on casualties.

White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham released a statement, saying,

"We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team."

Ain Assad air base is in Iraq's western Anbar province. It was first used by American forces after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. It later saw American troops stationed there amid the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.