A U.S. military base in Iraq was in the early hours of today attacked by Iran, following through on its vow to retaliate against the U.S. after President Trump ordered the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad last week.
According ta a report by CNN, the strike did not result in any U.S. casualties; according to an Iraqi official who spoke with the network, there were no Iraqi casualties either, despite earlier reports that suggested otherwise.
Presidential advisor Hesameddin Ashena added:
“Any adverse military action by the US will be met with an all out war across the region.”
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.”
In a statement, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, an elite wing of the Iranian military that is also known as the 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.