Iran fires ballistic missiles at Airbases housing US troops in Iraq

Iran has launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against airbases housing U.S. troops in Iraq, Pentagon said on Tuesday.

According to the reports, rockets were fired at multiple air bases.

There were no immediate reports on casualties.

Following reports of the attacks, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said President Donald Trump has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely.

“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,” Stephanie Grisham tweeted.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was closely monitoring the situation.

“We must ensure the safety of our servicemembers, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence. America & world cannot afford war,” she said.

On January 3, General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport. The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi military force.

President Donald Trump on Saturday warned that the US is targeting 52 sites in Iran and will hit them “very fast and very hard” if the Islamic republic attacks American personnel or assets.