Updated at 7:34 p.m. ET
Iran has launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces targeting at least two military bases in Iraq, the Defense Department announced late Tuesday.
The rocket strikes on military and coalition personnel at the Ain Al-Assad air base in Anbar province and in Irbil — at the center of Iraq’s Kurdistan region — began at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET, according to a statement.
The attacks come less than a week after the U.S. assassinated top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.
Iran had vowed to avenge the killing.
“We are working on initial battle damage assessments,” the defense department statement said.
“In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases 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 White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said President Trump has been briefed on the situation and is monitoring it closely with his national security team.
This is a developing story. Some things reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from officials and other authorities, credible news outlets and reporters who are at the scene. We will update as the situation develops.