Iran attacks bases housing US troops
An Iraqi security source told CNN that “13 rockets hit Ain al-Assad air base in al-Anbar.”
Iran has also claimed that it targeted al-Asad air base with “tens of ballistic missiles.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her colleagues that they will vote next week on the war powers resolution to limit President Trump’s authority on Iran, according to attendees. It was initially expected to be voted on this week.
Asked why there’s a delay, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said: “This is a discussion that started Sunday night ... This is something that has to be considered seriously and thoughtfully and correctly if we’re going to do this.”
The rocket attack on two Iraqi military bases housing US troops occurred at 1:30 a.m. local time (5:30 p.m. ET).
The Pentagon said more than a dozen missiles were launched from "Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil."
US officials are working to determine the damage.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's spokesperson just sent this statement:
"Leader Schumer received a call from VP Pence at 6:15pm and was briefed on the Iranian strikes on installations in Iraq with US forces. Leader Schumer is closely monitoring the situation and is praying for the safety of our service members and other personnel."
A spokesman for Senate Armed Services Chairman Sen. Inhofe tells CNN he has also been briefed:
“Senator Inhofe has been briefed and is getting regular updates from the Secretary of Defense. He is monitoring the situation closely.”
There are casualties among the Iraqis at Ain al-Asad airbase following the attack early Wednesday local time, an Iraqi security source tells CNN.
At this stage, it is unknown whether those causalities are wounded or killed; also unknown are the numbers of casualties.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Esper have just arrived at the White House.
Pompeo was here earlier but left around 4:30 p.m. ET.
In the past half hour, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s office called the office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, according to a diplomatic source.
There were difficulties getting through -- as it is indeed the middle of the night. They managed to get through, but it’s unclear who was actually on either end of the line, but source says there has been “communication between the US and Iraqi governments at the highest level."
US Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, was almost an hour and a half late to speak at an event in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Event organizers said that he was on the phone with Washington.
Minutes after he started speaking, Hook was handed a note by one of the event organizers.
It is unclear what that message said, but he only took one more question following the note and left the podium at 5:35 p.m. ET.
The Pentagon said “Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles” at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET at two military bases housing US troops.
The Pentagon confirmed that Iran launched missiles at US military and coalition forces in Iraq.
The Pentagon said Iran fired more than a dozen missiles.
"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," Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, said in a statement.
"We are working on initial battle damage assessments," he added.
The bases, he said, 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," the Pentagon said.