Iran attacks bases housing US troops

By James Griffiths, Veronica Rocha, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Updated 8:20 a.m. ET, January 8, 2020
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8:05 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

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

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

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 

From CNN's Barbara Starr

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

From CNN's Kareem Khadder in Baghdad

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

From CNN's Manu Raju

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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

From CNN's Zachary Cohen

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

From CNN's Arwa Damon in Baghdad

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.

7:32 p.m. ET, January 7, 2020

US defense secretary has reached out to Iraq's prime minister

From CNN's Alex Marquadt

In the past half hour, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s office called the office of the Prime Minister of Iraq, according to a diplomatic source.

There were difficulties getting through -- as it is indeed the middle of the night. They managed to get through, but it’s unclear who was actually on either end of the line, but source says there has been “communication between the US and Iraqi governments at the highest level."