Iran attacks bases housing US troops

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7:26 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

Iran attacked two Iraqi air bases housing US troops. Here's what we know so far.

From CNN's Hamdi Alkhshali, Ryan Browne and Barbara Starr

Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi bases that hold US troops early this morning local time. The attack appears to be retaliation for the US airstrike that killed a top Iranian general last week, the Pentagon said last night.

Here's what we know now:

  • No casualties: A US official told CNN that there were no initial reports of any US casualties from the attack, but an assessment of the impact of the strikes is underway. Iraq's joint military command said there were no casualties among Iraqi military forces.
  • About the general's killing: The attack comes days after the US killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The administration has sought to cast that strike as an attempt to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but Tehran has vowed revenge for the killing, which it says was an "act of war" and "state terrorism."
  • "Hard revenge": In a statement, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, said the attacks were "hard revenge" for the death of Soleimani. The IRGC said in the statement that any country housing US troops could be subject to "hostile and aggressive acts" and called on American citizens to demand the government remove US troops from the region.

7:23 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

Who was in the White House Situation Room last night after the attacks

from CNN's Pamela Brown

President Trump met in the Situation Room with his national security team last night following the strikes at the airbase housing US troops.

The officials with the president included:

  • Vice President Mike Pence
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper
  • Joint Chiefs chairman Mark Milley
  • Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney
  • National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien
  • Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire
  • Press secretary Stephanie Grisham

CIA Director Gina Haspel attended the meeting remotely.

7:23 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

Trump will address the nation this morning

President Trump tweeted last night that he'd make a statement about Iran's attack on bases housing US troops this morning, adding, "All is well!"

It's not clear exactly what time he'll make his address.

White House aides had initially made plans for a possible address to the nation by Trump after the missile strikes last night, according to two officials, but a White House official said the President would not speak immediately.

Trump later tweeted this:

7:24 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020

How Iran is responding after the missile attack

Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases housing US troops early this morning local time.

In a televised address this morning, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran gave the US "a slap in the face last night," in reference to the attacks.

He added that America had cast Soleimani as a "terrorist," which was "unjust and unfair."

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, an elite wing of the Iranian military, said in a statement that the attacks on Iraqi bases were "hard revenge" for the death of Soleimani. The IRGC said any country housing US troops could be subject to "hostile and aggressive acts" and called on American citizens to demand the government remove US troops from the region.

It warned the US:

"If you repeat your wickedness or take any additional movements or make additional aggression, we will respond with more painful and crushing responses."