Several rockets have reportedly been fired at the Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq and a facility in Erbil in northern Iraq. A US official told ABC News that the missiles were launched from Iran. Iran's state-run TV network confirmed the strikes and said that "tens of ground-to-ground missiles" were launched against US Forces. "This morning, courageous fighters of the IRGC's Air Force launched a successful operation called Operation Martyr Soleimani, with the code 'Oh Zahra' by firing tens of ground-to-ground missiles at the base of the terrorist and invasive US forces," the news outlet said. The missile strikes come days after a US drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson for the US Department of State, was on The Scott Sands Show moments before word of the attack on the US base became public. "President Trump has shown an incredible amount of restraint in the face of Iranian aggression ... but, he has said, and Secretary Pompeo has said, 'Any attempt to harm American lives, any attempt to injure or kill Americans, would not be tolerated.'" Click here to listen to entire discussion about Iran and Iraq with State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus using our free iHeartRadio app.
It is unclear if there are any casualties or damage. The White House said that President Donald Trump is monitoring the situation closely and is consulting with his national security team. The attack was at the same airbase that President Trump visited over Thanksgiving.