Jan. 8, 2020
IRAN today fired missiles at a military base in Iraq used by the United States as revenge for the killing of a top general last week.
At press time, the Pentagon said it was still assessing the damage and casualties in the attack which involved more than a dozen ballistic missiles.
“It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil,” it said.
The Pentagon also said that US military personnel had been put on high alerts prior to the attack as tension worsened following the drone attack in Baghdad which killed general Qasem Soleimani.
Iranian state television reported the attack, saying it was in response to Friday’s killing of Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
In Washington, US President Donald Trump said he was monitoring the situation.
Oil prices spiked up following the news, with the benchmark WTI going up more than 4.5 per cent to $65.54 a barrel.
In Kerman, Iran, more than 50 people died in a stampede when mourners poured into a street for Soleimani’s funeral.
As the tension mounts, Canada announced that some of its estimated 500 troops in Iraq will withdraw to Kuwait. Several other countries, including Germany and Romania, also announced plans to withdraw their forces from Iraq but thus far not France and Italy.