By Hamdi Alkhshali | CNN
At least 10 rockets hit al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces, a Sunni commander of the paramilitary forces during a nearby town told CNN.
Qatri al-Obeidi, a commander within the nearby town of al-Baghdadi, said that the shelling has stopped for now. President Donald Trump visited the bottom in December 2018 to go to troops after Christmas. vice chairman Mike Pence also visited the bottom in November 2019.
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 just in case of latest aggression,” consistent with state TV. The IRGC said it’ll target any regional state that becomes a platform for US aggression, a second banner on state TV read.
CNN reported earlier on Tuesday that US forces and air-defense missile batteries across the center East were placed on high alert overnight Monday to possibly shoot down Iranian drones as intelligence mounted a few threat of an imminent attack against US targets, consistent with two US officials.
Trump was briefed on the reports of rocket attacks, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
“We are conscious of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The President has been briefed and is monitoring things closely and consulting together with his national security team,” Grisham said.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard warned the U.S. and its regional allies against retaliating over the missile attack in Iraq. The Guard issued the warning via a press release carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA press agency .
“We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that’s the start line of aggressive acts against Iran are going to be targeted,” The Guard said. It also threatened Israel.
Ain Assad air station is in Iraq’s western Anbar province. it had been first employed by American forces after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Hussein . It later saw American troops stationed there amid the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
State TV said the operation’s name was “Martyr Soleimani.” It said the Guard’s aerospace division that controls Iran’s missile program launched the attack. Iran said it might release more information later.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was discussing things in Iran when she was handed a note with news of the attack, lawmakers who attended the meeting said.
Rep. Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat, said she paused the discussion to inform the members of the committee of the news.
“Pray,” Pelosi told members, consistent with Rep. Debbie Dingell.
Source: Mercury NewsThe Associated Press contributed to this report.