At least 10 rockets hit al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces, a Sunni commander of the paramilitary forces in a nearby town told CNN. Qatri al-Obeidi, a commander in the nearby town of al-Baghdadi, said that the shelling has stopped for now. President Donald Trump visited the base in December 2018 to visit troops after Christmas.
The attack follows last week’s deadly US drone strike that Trump ordered to kill key Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Iranian state TV reported that the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, “has hit U.S. Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq with tens of missiles.” The IRGC warned the US of of more “crushing responses in case of new aggression,” according to state TV.
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 7, 2020
Rockets hit airbase in Iraq where US troops are located https://t.co/zKCrT6eIpn
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 7, 2020
BREAKING: Iraq’s al-Asad airbase, which houses US troops, hit with a rocket attack. pic.twitter.com/JRCXVMBnF3
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 7, 2020
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 7, 2020