Eleven American troops were injured besides Apache helicopters and hangers destroyed, when Iranian missiles hit the Ain al-Asad Air base in Iraq on January 8, the Pentagon announced Thursday.
The missiles used in the operation were upgraded Fateh (range 500 km) and Qiam (range 800 km) which struck their targets with an accuracy of a few meters, Iranian media said quoting state sources.
“While no US service members were killed in the Jan 8 Iranian attack on al-Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,” US Central Command spokesman Captain Bill Urban said in a statement.
Dave Schmerler, an analyst at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS), said that the missiles hit its Iraqi targets with “precision.” Earlier reports suggested that the Iran deliberately fired missiles only at structures that hosted military equipment, to miss the ones that had US and coalition troops inside.
The missiles struck nearly six buildings, each of which have a capacity to house two AH-64 Apache helicopters. Satellite images taken after the attack show “blackened scorch marks suggesting that the assets inside them were destroyed with the shelter itself,” wrote PressTV.
“Multiple helicopters present at the targeted Iraqi air base were destroyed to the point of being split in half,” the report said, citing a Danish coalition soldier stationed at the garrison.
Also, the drones owned by the US-led coalition were reportedly being “rendered inoperable” after the Iranian missiles directly hit the base’s UAV operations center and destroyed the fiber lines which connect remote stations to satellite communication equipment (needed for drone control and visuals).
Iran has admitted that its military shot down the Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) flight that
Irans Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have claimed that none of precision-guided Fateh-110 and Qiam-1 ballistic missiles fired at United States military bases in Iraq had been intercepted. The missiles struck Iraqs Ain al-Asad and Erbil airbases on January 8, five days after IRGC head Qasem Soleimani was assassinated by the US
Iran fired indigenously-developed ballistic missiles- Fateh-110 and Qiam-1, that blitzed Iraqs Ain al-Asad airbase fortified with US air defense systems and reportedly housing over 1,500 troops of the US and its allies. “We warn US allies providing bases for the [American] terrorist army… that any country serving as the origin of bellicose and aggressive attacks in any form against the Islamic Republic of Iran will be targeted,” read a statement by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
Irans parliament unanimously passed a bill designating the Pentagon, and the United States military as “terrorists” and has requested for a €200 million fund to strengthen the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, on Tuesday morning. The development has come after Qasem Soleiman, a top Iranian general, was assassinated in US drone strikes outside Baghdad airport on January 3, ratcheting up tensions between the arch-foes
Iraq is sending a team of delegates to Russia, China and Ukraine to negotiate barter trade- accept weapons from them in exchange for Iraqi oil. Baghdad has listed air defense systems such as S-300s and S-400s, as the primary item of procurement, especially after the heavily fortified "Green Zone" in the capital city of Baghdad hosting US Embassy and other important buildings was struck by Iranian missiles and rockets over the past few weeks
Iran used Russian GLONASS satellites to navigate its missiles while striking United States military bases in Iraq. The use of satellite guidance enabled precision strike on January 8- said to be with an accuracy of 10 meters- which has surprised US and Israeli specialists, Israeli news site, Debka File reported on Monday
Spooked by the rumored presence of six F-35 stealth fighters in the vicinity amidst heightened tensions between US and Iran, Tehran is said to have downed the ill-fated Ukrainian passenger plane on January 8. "There were at least six F-35 fighters in the air in the Iranian border area (at the time)
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