Iran attacks bases housing US troops

By James Griffiths, Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Updated 8:20 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020
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7:42 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Pentagon: Iran launches more than a dozen ballistic missiles at 2 Iraqi bases

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.

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7:13 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Top Iranian official tweets image of Iranian flag following attack

Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, who is also a politician and representative of the Supreme Leader, tweeted an image of the Iranian flag following reports of attacks on al-Asad air base.

7:04 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Iran's IRGC hit air base with surface-to-surface missiles, according to state news

From CNN's Samantha Beech

Iran’s state-run news Press TV reports the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) targeted the US airbase of Ain al-Asad in Anbar province in western Iraq.

The attack comes after a vow to retaliate "the US assassination of top Iranian anti-terror commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani."

"Tens of surface-to-surface missiles" were fired at the strategic air base. The attack was later confirmed by the White House, the report said.

The IRGC added that it would release more details about the strike.

6:59 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

US official confirms some sort of attack occurred at al-Asad

From CNN's Ryan Browne

A US defense official confirms to CNN that there has been some sort of attack on al-Asad air base where US troops are stationed. The official did not have any more details

6:51 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Pelosi got news of rocket attack during meeting with Democrats

From CNN's Haley Byrd and Manu Raju

During a meeting with key House Democrats on Tuesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was discussing the situation in Iran when she was handed a note with news of a rocket attack on a US military base in Iraq, lawmakers who attended the meeting said.

Rep. Dan Kildee said she paused the discussion to alert the members of the Steering Committee of the news.

“Pray,” Pelosi told members, according to Rep. Debbie Dingell.

Rep. Ted Lieu added that Pelosi said it is a serious time.

6:57 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Trump briefed on rocket attacks in Iraq

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

President Trump was briefed on reports of rocket attacks at an air base where US troops are housed in Iraq, his spokesperson said.

"We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team," White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.

6:56 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps says it hit air base in Iraq

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is taking responsibility for a rocket attack at an Iraqi air base housing US troops.

The IRGC said, “It has hit US Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq with tens of missile,” Press TV urgent banner read. 

The IRGC has warned the US of more “crushing responses in case of new aggression," a banner on Iran’s state-run Press TV said. The IRGC said it will target any regional state that becomes a platform for US aggression, a second banner read.

The warning follows the IRGC claiming responsibility for hitting the Ain al-Asad air base, which houses US forces in Iraq, with tens of missiles.


6:54 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

10 rockets hit Al Asad Air Base in Iraq

From CNN's Hamdi Alkhshali

At least 10 rockets hit Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq where US forces are based, Qatri al-Obeidi, one of the Sunni commanders of the Paramilitary Forces in the nearby town of al-Baghdadi, told CNN.

The commander said the shelling has stopped for now. 

Al Asad Air Base is about 124 miles west of Baghdad.

5:58 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

McConnell, Pelosi and Schiff depart Iran briefing

From CNN's Haley Byrd, Ted Barrett, Jeff Zeleny and Ryan Browne

Three of the eight "Gang of Eight" members were seen departing a briefing on Iran this evening.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the three lawmakers seen leaving, said it was a "good meeting." The others — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff — did not speak.

National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone conducted the briefing, a US defense official said.