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Iran Fires Multiple Rockets On US Airbase In Iraq, Calls It Tehran’s Revenge For Soleimani

The Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq that houses the US and coalition forces has been hit by nine rockets during the wee hours on Wednesday

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The Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq that houses the US and coalition forces has been hit by multiple rockets during the wee hours on Wednesday. This incident was first reported by Iranian state TV, who described it as Tehran’s revenge operation over the killing of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Gen. Qassem Soleimani. 

This also follows the development where the pro-Tehran factions in Iraq vowed to join forces and respond to the US for the killing of Iranian General. The US military has also confirmed that ongoing air attacks are taking place in the Iraqi airbase.  

Read: Massive crowds in Mashhad for Soleimani funeral ceremony

The White House press secretary also said that the US President Donald Trump “has been briefed and is monitoring the situation” in Iraq. 

Read: Donald Trump justifies Qassem Soleimani’s killing, calls him a 'monster'

Tensions between Iran & US 

The longstanding tension between Iran and US surfaced again as the Iranian General was slain by the US in an airstrike near Iraq's Baghdad International Airport, ordered by US President Donald Trump on Friday. Post this, Iran had threatened "harsh retaliation" and subsequently, two airstrikes were reported near US Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone on Saturday and Sunday.  

Following the developments, Trump said that the US would strike 52 sites in the Islamic Republic if any Americans were harmed. After this, there has been a continuous war of words between the two countries' officials.

Read: Pompeo contradicts Trump's '52 Iranian sites' remark, says 'great respect' for the symbols 

Read: Donald Trump warns 'Iran will never have a nuclear weapon' after it pulls out of 2015 deal 

 

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