US Government Response to Iranian Missile Attacks
DOD Statement on Iranian Ballistic Missile Attacks in Iraq
Statement from Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman from the US Department of Defense for immediate release:
At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.
We are working on initial battle damage assessments.
In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.
As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region.
Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Iraq Bases Targeted in Iranian Missile Attack
Other news sources have named the bases targeted in the attacks as:
Ain al-Assad air base in Anbar Province, western Iraq.
A military base at Holler Airport, in the Başûr region of “south Kurdistan” [Irbil].
Sources: DOD; Hawarnews
Image: Iranian missile attack against targets in Iraq, 7 January 2020 (via Hawarnews).