Published: Sun, January 12, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Former intelligence official reacts to Iran strike on U.S.

Former intelligence official reacts to Iran strike on U.S.

Thousands of U.S. troops are based in Iraq, which is next to Iran.

He was addressing a gathering of Iranians who chanted "Death to America".

The Iraqi military's assessment on Wednesday said 17 missiles were fired at Al-Asad, two of which reportedly failed to explode on impact, while another five were fired at the city of Irbil in the country's Kurdish-majority northeast.

He said: "As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend USA personnel, partners, and allies in the region".

"They were planning something", he said of the Iranians.

Iranian state television said Iran fired 15 missiles at two USA bases in Iraq at around 1.30am local time (10.30pm GMT).

The official also said there were no casualties in Arbil. Iraq said 22 missiles were fired.

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"So far, so good!" he wrote. Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. We have by far the most powerful and best-equipped military in the world!

'We are concerned by reports of casualties and use of ballistic missiles. "I will be making a statement tomorrow morning".

Iran has attacked American targets in Iraq.

Some of Canada's 500 military personnel based in Iraq will be temporarily moved to Kuwait for safety reasons, the country's top military official said on Tuesday, due to fears of possible retaliation there after the assassination of Iran's top military commander.

CNN notes that this is evidenced by the first data obtained in the course of assessing the damage caused to the United States facilities as a result of the missile strike. Meanwhile, the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) said they have asked Indian airlines to remain vigilant and to take all precautions in airspaces above Iran, Iraq, the Gulf of Oman and the waters of the Persian Gulf.

More than 5,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq along with other foreign forces as part of a coalition that has trained and backed up Iraqi security forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group.

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