Iran fires multiple missiles at US bases in Iraq

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Baghdad, Jan 8: Iran fired multiple missiles at two US military targets in Iraq on Wednesday.

The tensions in the Middle-East escalated after Iran retaliated against Qassem Soleimani’s killing, the leader of Iran’s elite military and intelligence force in a US drone strike on the orders of President Trump.

“Tens of surface-to-surface missiles,” were fired at the strategic airbase and the attack was also confirmed by the White House and Pentagon, reports the Tehran-based Press TV.

A spokesperson for US Central Command said that Iran fired 15 missiles: Ten struck al-Asad airbase west of Baghdad, Iraq; one struck Erbil in northern Iraq; and four failed.

The rockets fired at the Ain al-Asad base in Anbar province and a base in Erbil early on Wednesday came amid escalating tensions between Tehran and Washington.

“We warn US allies providing bases for the (American) terrorist army that any country serving as the origin of bellicose and aggressive attacks in any form against the Islamic Republic of Iran will be targeted,” the IRGC said in a statement on Wednesday.

It urged the US to recall all their soldiers back home to prevent more damage.

Fars News Agency reported that the missiles were probably of Fateh 313 type and they were launched from Iran’s western Kermanshah Province.

Fateh 313 missiles are road-mobile single-stage solid-fuelled surface-to-surface missile with a range of 500 km.

The Pentagon in a statement confirmed the missile attack, saying “Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq”.

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