Breaking News: Iraq: Iranian ballistic missile attacks against United States military and coalition forces in Iraq.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs (Information):

Iraq: In a statement from the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman, “At approximately 5:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against United States 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 United States military and coalition personnel at AI-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 United States 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.”

United States President Donald Trump tweeted on Twitter, “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. 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.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted on Twitter, “Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched. We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.”

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) tonight for flight restrictions that prohibit United States civil aviation operators from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

The Federal Aviation Administration continue to closely monitoring events in the Middle East, and continue to coordinating with our national security partners and sharing information with United States air carriers and foreign civil aviation authorities.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our brave men and women in the military stationed overseas in service of our country. We are all grateful for their sacrifice and praying for their safety.

More information is still coming in on this still developing breaking news story.


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