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8:06 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Security increased around the White House, official says

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Alex Brandon/AP

Security has been increased around the grounds of the White House tonight in light of the current tensions with Iran, a law enforcement official said.

A US Secret Service official declined to comment, passing along a statement released by the agency, saying it "continually assesses the threat environment surrounding all protectees." 

USSS officers with assault rifles were spotted at checkpoints near the White House.

8:05 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

The White House is making plans for President Trump to address the nation tonight

As President Trump confers with his top advisers tonight at the White House, aides are making urgent preparations at this hour for him to address the nation after Iran fired missiles at US forces in Iraq.

The specific timing of the address is still to be determined — and could be delayed, as information is being gathered — but two officials tell CNN that a speech is being prepared and plans are being made for Trump to speak tonight from the Oval Office.

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7:50 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

There are no reports of US casualties at this time, official says 

A US official tells CNN that are no reports of US casualties at this time but an assessment is still underway. 

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

13 rockets hit al-Asad air base, source says

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.”

 

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7:48 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Pelosi tells Democrats that vote on War Powers Act will be pushed to next week

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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.”

7:41 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Here's what time the rocket attack happened in Iraq

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.  

7:39 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Pence office briefs some key senators of attack

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.” 
7:37 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

There are Iraqi casualties, according to a security source

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.

7:35 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Pompeo and Esper just arrived at the White House

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.