“President Trump has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team”, says Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham. The beginning of the tweet from the official @PressSec handle also stated: “We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq”. This is a very dynamic situation and information will be incoming from multiple media outlets as it is available. See Grisham’s tweet below:
We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) January 7, 2020
Fox News has reported that missile attacks are targeting U.S. forces in Iraq, and Iran is the likely culprit. Fox reports:
The source told Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin: “Under missile attack from Iran. These are either cruise missiles or short-range ballistic missiles. All over the country.” The missiles struck near Al Assad Air Base in Anbar, among other locations. There was no immediate word on injuries or damage.
Meantime, Iran state TV claimed Tehran launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles at Iraq’s Ain Assad air base housing U.S. troops.
NY Times Journalist Farnaz Fassihi (according to the blue check Twitter account) posted a video less than an hour ago. “BREAKING” STATEMENT FROM IRGC:” The tweet reads. “The brave soldiers of IRGC’s aerospace unit have launched a successful attack with tens of ballistic missiles on Al Assad military base in the name of martyr Gen. Qasem Soleimani.” See video below:
Fox News showcased another tweet moments ago that isn’t in English. It appears to show an image of a missile being launched below from an official news agency in Iran. It appears multiple U.S. bases are being targeted in Iraq. Another tweet posted earlier can be seen below the first tweet with previous information. It’s unclear to Media Right News yet whether or not there are American casualties. It’s also unclear exactly how many missiles have been fired as there are varying reports.
?خبرنگار امور نظامی شبکه «صدای آمریکای انگلیسی» به نقل از منابع مطلع از حدود ۳۰ اصابت به پایگاه عین الأسد خبر داده است. pic.twitter.com/zhcXxLoASu— خبرگزاری فارس (@FarsNews_Agency) January 7, 2020
Another tweet appears to show a translation of the Iranian news report:
#UPDATE— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) January 7, 2020
–@CarlaBabbVOA quoting defense source reports attack on Al-Assad Air base in Iraq is ongoing. Rounds are still coming in and at least 30 have landed so far.
–#Iran's Fars News Agency reports Iranian ballistic missiles used.
(Credit: @ELINTNews & @no_itsmyturn) pic.twitter.com/kOofmqipwo
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