Iran launches missiles at U.S. base in Iraq

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      The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has confirmed that Iran has launched missiles against U.S. forces in Iraq.

      A release from Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, stated: "At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq.  It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil."

      No information about damage or casualties has been released.

      According to CNN, both defense secretary Mark Esper and secretary of state Mike Pompeo have been summoned to the White House. 

      In its release, the DOD promised to make regular updates on the situation.

      The missile strikes come the week after the U.S. assassinated Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone attack.

      According to CNN, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps said in a statement that the missile strikes were "hard revenge" for the Soleimani killing.

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