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Pentagon: Iran launched 'more than a dozen' missiles at bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops

Pentagon: Iran launched 'more than a dozen' missiles at bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops
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Wednesday, 08 January, 2020, 10:00

Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at U.S. troops and coalition forces at two bases in Iraq on Tuesday, an apparent retaliation for a U.S. drone strike days earlier that killed one of Tehran's most powerful officials, Qasem Soleimani.

Though the extent of the damage was not immediately clear, the attack represented a major escalation of tension between Tehran and Washington that had already been boiling over for months. Both President Donald Trump and Iranian officials have threatened further reprisals if either side attacks.

Trump announced on Twitter he would make a statement on the attack Wednesday.

"All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq," Trump posted to Twitter late Tuesday night. "Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning."

Pentagon: Iran launched 'more than a dozen' missiles at bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops