Iran attacks bases housing US troops
A US military official has told CNN that the military did have enough early warning of the ballistic missile attack on airbases in Iraq to sound the alarm.
People in harm's way were able to get to bunkers in time, the official said.
Canadian and British officials said they are monitoring the situation for troops on the ground in Iraq.
On Twitter, General Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defense staff of the Canadian Armed Forces, said that all his country's personnel are safe following the missile attacks in Iraq.
"CAF families: I can assure you that all deployed CAF personnel are safe (and) accounted for," he said. "We remain vigilant."
Separately, the UK said it was "urgently working to establish the facts on the ground" in Iraq, a spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told CNN in the early hours of Wednesday morning in London.
"Our first priority is the security of British Personnel," the spokeswoman said.
The prime minister of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Masrour Barzani, spoke with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Wednesday morning local time following the Iranian missile attack, he said in a tweet.
"In my telephone call this morning with (Pompeo) we discussed the current developments in Iraq," Barzani said. "I also suggested ways to de-escalate and contain the situation."
Iraqi security officials are now telling CNN there are no casualties among Iraqi security forces following the attacks on the al-Asad airbase in Anbar province and the attacks in Erbil.
This is updated information from security officials following the initial assessment. Earlier Wednesday, an Iraqi security source told CNN that there had been Iraqi casualties.
"We were initially hearing that there were casualties -- it was unclear how many or if they were killed or wounded -- on the Iraqi side," CNN's Arwa Damon reported from Baghdad.
"Now we're hearing from two other sources that there may not be casualties -- that does make sense given how chaotic the aftermath of these strikes can be."
All Australian diplomats and military personnel in Iraq are safe, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a press conference.
Morrison said the government is closing monitoring the events unfolding in the region and that the National Security Committee has been closely monitoring developments for the past few days.
In a separate statement, Morrison said he had directed the country's Chief of the Defense Force to take “whatever actions are necessary to protect and defend our ADF (Australian Defense Forces) and diplomatic personnel and keep Australians safe."
According to the latest information from the Australian Department of Defense, roughly 300 ADF personnel are positioned at a base northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. An additional 150 or so are based elsewhere in the Middle East as part of the international effort to combat ISIS.
Singapore Airlines has diverted all its flights from the Iranian airspace.
Here's what the airline said in a statement to CNN:
“In view of the latest developments in the region, all SIA flights in and out of Europe are diverted from the Iranian airspace. We are monitoring the situation closely and will make the appropriate adjustments to our routes if necessary.”
The airline is the national carrier of Singapore.
The initial assessment is that the Iranian missiles struck areas of the al-Asad base not populated by Americans, according to a US military official and a senior administration official.
Officials have said the US is awaiting daylight to get a full assessment of the results of the strike.
Earlier, an Iraqi security source told CNN that there were casualties among the Iraqis at the base.
President Trump just tweeted that he will be making a statement Wednesday morning following the missile attack at two Iraqi bases that house US troops.
"All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good!" he said.
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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted in the early hours of Wednesday morning local time, following an attack on two Iraqi bases where US troops are located.
“Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched," he tweeted.
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CNN's John King explains Zarif's tweet: