Live updates: More than a dozen missiles hit U.S. bases in Iraq, Iran claims there were heavy casualties – The Washington Post, The Washington Post

Live updates: More than a dozen missiles hit U.S. bases in Iraq, Iran claims there were heavy casualties – The Washington Post, The Washington Post

No U.S. casualties were immediately reported, but Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed that dozens of U.S. troops were killed in revenge for a U.S. airstrike last week that killed a top Iranian commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

Here’s what we know so far:

● Iranian forces launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases in Iraq and claimed that at least US troops were killed. U.S. military said it was still assessing casualties.

● Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called the attack a “slap in the face” of the United States but said more needed to be done to end the US presence in the region and avenge Soleimani’s death.

● President Trump will make a statement Wednesday.

● Airlines around the world are rerouting flights around Iranian and Iraqi airspace.

● Iraqi prime minister said he was informed ahead of time of the attack.

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British leader calls for end to retaliatory strikes in US-Iran feud

LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that he opposes any further military actions in the escalating conflict between the United States and Iran in the Middle East.

He made the statement in response to a question by Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn about whether Johnson opposes “further retaliation or escalations in violence. ”Confirming that he does, Johnson said,“ The United Kingdom has been working solidly since the crisis began to bring together our European allies in their response. ”

Johnson also said that the “United States has a right to protect its bases and its personnel” and that Soleimani was responsible for sustaining the “brutal Assad regime in Syria” and supplying weapons and explosives to terrorists. “That man [Soleimani] had the blood of British troops on his hands,” Johnson said.

On Monday, Johnson said that Britain would not support Trump’s threat to target Iranian cultural sites and issued a statement along with Germany and France that asked “all parties to exercise utmost restraint and responsibility.”

ByJennifer Hassan


January 8,

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Kuwait news agency says hackers posted fake tweets about withdrawal of US troops

ISTANBUL – The state-run Kuwait News Agency said Wednesday that hackers published fake messages on its Twitter account that indicated that the US military would rapidly withdraw its troops from a base in Kuwait.

The two messages were quickly deleted. “Our social media account (Twitter) has been hacked,” the agency said.

The messages were posted around 5: am Eastern time. “Kuwait defense minister announced today that he has received an official letter from Commander-in-chief of Camp Arifjan declaring imminent withdrawal of all US military forces in 3 days,” the first said, referring to a U.S. base in Kuwait, on the Persian Gulf.

“Kuwait Defense Minister stated that receiving such letter from Camp Arifjan was unexpected and we are communicating with U.S. Department of Defense for more details and information, ”said the second.

The apparent hacking came amid soaring tensions between the United States and Iran after President Trump ordered the killing of Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Iranian forces launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases in Iraq early Wednesday that it said were in retaliation for the killing.

Iran has also threatened retaliation against other U.S. bases in the region if U.S. strikes against Tehran are launched from those bases.

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January 8, at 5: AM EST

Iraqi leader informed ahead of time of Iranian strikes

BAGHDAD – Iraqi prime minister said Wednesday that

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Iraqi militia leader says it is now Iraqis’ turn to attack US targets

BAGHDAD – A leading militia commander in Iraq said Wednesday that it was time for the country to follow Iran’s example and avenge the US airstrike that killed Soleimani last week.

“Now it is time for the initial response to the assassination of the martyred commander Muhandis,” Qais al-Khazali, who leads the Iran-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, wrote on Twitter, referring to an Iraqi militia commander killed in the attack ordered by Trump.

“Because Iraqis are brave and zealous, their response will not be any less than that or Iran’s. That is a promise, ”he said.

Pictures of slain militia commander Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, better known by his nom de guerre, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, have sprung up across Baghdad this week, tacked to monuments near the Green Zone and hanging right in front of the US Embassy.

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Iraqis living near US Embassy abandon their homes, fearing strike

BAGHDAD – Some Iraqi residents of the neighborhoods near Baghdad’s US Embassy have left their homes overnight and in recent days, fearing that the area might become a target for future rocket or missile attacks.

“People have left the area; others have started sleeping in their basements, ”said Dima Ahmed, who lives in the Harthiya neighborhood near the embassy. “They’re worried they’ll be hit by mistake.”

Security remains tight across Baghdad’s Green Zone, where supporters of an Iranian-backed militia besieged the U.S. Embassy last week. A portrait of Muhandis, the influential militia leader killed in the U.S. drone strike that targeted Soleimani’s convoy on Friday, now hangs opposite the sprawling compound.

ByLouisa Loveluck

January 8, (at 4:) ************************************************************************ AM EST

Kurdish leader fears autonomous region to be drawn in US-Iranian conflict

BAGHDAD – The prime minister of Iraqi autonomous Kurdish region said he spoke to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo early Wednesday, urging de-escalation and saying that the region must not be dragged into the fray.

In a statement hours later, Masrour Barzani’s government stressed that Iraqi Kurdish region would “not be a field of conflict.”

The US and Iraqi militaries say that several rockets landed in the region’s capital, Irbil. No casualties have yet been reported.

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January 8, (at 3: AM EST

Supreme leader says Iran ‘slapped’ US with missile strikes


US ambassador to Israel says few U.S. casualtiesJERUSALEM – U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that early assessments of Iran’s missile strikes against U.S. forces suggested that U.S. casualties may be limited.

“Initial assessments are positive, and we pray these reports are true,” Friedman said before he addressed a forum on U.S. policy on Israeli settlements in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

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January 8, at 3 : AM EST

Emirati officials call for calm, say oil flow will not be affected

DUBAI – Emirati officials called Wednesday for de-escalation after Iranian missiles crashed down on US bases in Iraq, while maintaining that the flow of oil from the region so far was unaffected.

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January 8, at 2 : 00 AM EST

Britain condemns Iranian attack on bases in Iraq

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned Wednesday the Iranian missile attack on coalition bases in Iraq expressing concern over “reports of casualties and use of ballistic missiles.”

In a statement, Raab urged Iran not to engage in further attacks, adding that a war in the Middle East would only help the Islamic State group and other terrorist groups. ”

ByPaul Schemm

January 8, 2020 at 1: AM EST

Iraq says no Iraqi casualties in Iranian missiles strike on US bases

The tweets said

************************************************************************************ missiles hit in the area of ​​the al-Asad air base with two not exploding and five missiles hit Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdish region.

The US military has said it is still assessing casualties but Iran has claimed that dozens of U.S. Troops were killed in the missile attack.

Iran says the attack is in retaliation for a drone strike that killed top Iranian commander Soleimani.

Paul Schemm

January 8, at 1: AM EST

Iran claims dozens of US deaths in missile strike

DUBAI – Iran’s Revolutionary Guard claimed Wednesday that dozens of US Soldiers were killed in a missile attack on Al-Asad base in Iraq. The U.S. military has said it is still assessing casualties.

In a statement to state television the elite Revolutionary Guard said******************************************************************************** missiles hit critical points killing 80 soldiers, wounding 823 and destroying large quantities of military equipment, including helicopters, according to the Mehr news agency.

The Iranian press has been filled with glowing reports of the damage caused by the missile strike against two US bases in Iraq in the early hours of the morning. President Trump, however, tweeted “all is well” and promised to address the nation later Wednesday.

The chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, said the missile strikes would not be the end of Iran’s retaliation and any response by the United States would only provoke more attacks.

Iran is retaliating for the Jan. 2 killing of top Iranian commander Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike.

Iranian military has said that more than US targets in the region have been identified. In earlier statements, leaders have said the response would be restricted to military and civilian targets.

U.S. Authorities have told commercial shipping to be cautious in waters near Iran and the FAA has banned U.S. carriers from Iraqi, Iranian and Persian Gulf airspace because of the “potential for miscalculation or misidentification” for civilian aircraft.

ByPaul Schemm

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Escalating tensions jolt financial markets

HONG KONG – Stock markets in Asia slumped, while oil and gold prices surged after the Iranian missile attack on US military bases intensified fears of a wider conflict.

Japan’s Nikkei was down around 2 percent midday Wednesday, and stocks in Hong Kong and Australia also declined.

The global benchmark Brent crude oil futures soared more than 3 percent to their highest since September, before paring some of the gains. U.S. stock futures also slid.

Gold – seen as a haven in times of uncertainty – surged above $ 1, an ounce for the first time in almost seven years, while the yen strengthened against the dollar.

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January 8, 2020 at 9: (EST EST)

Iranian foreign minister says his country took ‘proportionate measures’

WASHINGTON – Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in a message on

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January 8, (at 9:

Military unclear if there were US casualties in attacks on two military bases

WASHINGTON – A defense official said that US military did not yet have clear information about whether there had been American casualties in the attacks on the two sites in Iraq.

One U.S. military official, reached for comment earlier Tuesday evening, said U.S. troops were still assessing what happened.

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January 8, 2020 at 8: 34 PM EST

Representative to Iranian supr eme leader appears to mimic Trump’s tweet

WASHINGTON – Moments after a military base was struck by missiles in Iraq, Saeed Jalili, a representative to Iran’s supreme leader,


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Irbil military base targe ted in missile attack is major hub for U.S. and coalition military activity

WASHINGTON – Irbil, the capital of Iraq semiautonomous Kurdistan region, is a major hub for US and coalition military activity in Iraq and also an important launching point for the parallel mission against the Islamic State in neighboring Syria.

Many U.S. forces pass through Irbil on their way in and out of a network of much smaller bases in Syria. During the peak of the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq, military officials also oversaw a major battle in the nearby city of Mosul from Irbil. The city, like most of Iraqi Kurdistan, has been considered safer for U.S. personnel than other parts of Iraq.

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January 8, (at 7:

Iran launches more than a dozen missiles against two military bases in Iraq, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON – Iranian forces have launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases in Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday evening, marking the most significant Iranian attack in the growing conflict between iran and the united states.

the attack was launched about 5: pm Washington time, the Pentagon said.

“It is clear these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel, ”the statement said. Al Asad air base in western Iraq and at least one facility in Irbil were targeted.

“As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend US personnel, partners, and allies in the region, ”the statement said. “Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.”

One U.S. military official, reached for comment Tuesday evening, said U.S. troops were still assessing what happened.

“They’re still in bunker mode,” the official said.

The al- Asad air base in Iraq was hit by at least six missiles about midnight local time, said a US defense official familiar with the situation.

The base, in Iraq’s western Anbar province, houses some American troops. Trump on Sunday called it “extraordinarily expensive,” threatening the Iraqi government with sanctions if the United States is told to withdraw all of its troops from Iraq and the government in Baghdad does not pay for it.

It was not immediately clear where on the base the missiles landed or if anyone was harmed. It would appear to mark one of the most aggressive attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq since the Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah launched 31 missiles at a base near Kirkuk on Dec. (**********************************************************************************, killing a contractor and wounding several US troops.

The U.S. military launched airstrikes on targets affiliated with Iranian-backed forces two days later.


January 8, (at 6:

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claims the ‘harsh. revenge ‘promised by Iran’s leaders has begun, report says

BEIRUT – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed that the “harsh revenge” promised by Iran’s leaders has begun, according to the Fars News Agency. The agency said Iran had fired “tens” of ballistic missiles at U.S. targets in Iraq, but that could not be independently confirmed.

In a statement carried by the Tasnim news agency, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said the missiles were fired to avenge the death of Qasem Soleimani in an operation called “Operation Martyr Soleimani.”

The IRGC also released a video purporting to show the missiles being fired and streaking toward Iraq. U.S. military officials said they had been anticipating a strike of some sort at al-Asad and that personnel at the base had taken precautions. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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