Iran attacks bases housing US troops

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9:54 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Missiles hit areas of al-Asad base not populated by Americans

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.

9:52 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Trump says a statement is coming tomorrow

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.

Read his tweet:

9:52 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Iran's foreign minister: "We do not seek escalation or war"

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.

 Read his tweet:

CNN's John King explains Zarif's tweet:

9:41 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Republican senator calls Iran's actions "an act of war"

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, reacted to Iran's attack on two Iraqi bases housing American troops on Fox News this evening.

“This was an act of war, Sean, by any reasonable definition,” Graham told host Sean Hannity. “The President has all the authority he needs under Article II to respond and how he responds is yet to be determined, but he has that authority to respond.”

Graham ended by saying he had just gotten off the phone with President Trump.

"Let me say tonight, if you are watching television in Iran, I just got off the phone to the President: your fate is in your own hands in terms of the regime's economic viability. You continue this crap you're going to wake up one day out of the oil business," Graham said.

Moments earlier, Graham noted that Trump could opt to respond by hitting either military or oil targets. 

9:28 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Iranian official tweets: "Get the hell out of our region!"

Iran's minister of telecommunications Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi took to Twitter following the missile attack on US targets in Iraq.

"Get the hell out of our region!" he tweeted.

Read his tweet:

9:31 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Iran's supreme leader says US may harm Iran — but they harm themselves many times more

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Fars News

In an undated video shared by Iran’s semi-official Fars News, Iran's supreme leader is seen addressing a large crowd saying that the US may harm Iran — but they will harm themselves many times more.

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei added: “I said during a speech at the time [of President Obama’s presidency], that the time for hit-and-run is over. If you hit, you get hit back."

  

9:07 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Soleimani's body laid to rest in his hometown

The body of Qasem Soleimani is being laid to rest in his hometown of Kerman, Iran, state-run Press TV reported.

It is Wednesday morning in Iraq right now.

His burial comes days after the US killed Soleimani, a top Iranian general, in an airstrike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. 

9:19 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

Two ballistic missiles hit Erbil, sources say

At least two ballistic missiles hit two separate areas in Erbil, two Kurdish security officials tell CNN.

The attacks occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Iraq.

One missile landed inside the perimeter of Erbil International Airport without exploding, the second missile hit an area 33 kilometers (about 20 miles) west of the city of Erbil without causing casualties.

Hear more details:

9:02 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

FAA issues restriction on flights in Iraq, Iran, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was restricting non-military US aircraft “from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.”  

Read the FAA's full statement: 

"The Federal Aviation Administration issued Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) tonight outlining flight restrictions that prohibit U.S. civil aviation operators from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The FAA will continue closely monitoring events in the Middle East. We continue coordinating with our national security partners and sharing information with U.S. air carriers and foreign civil aviation authorities."