Iran has made their move. U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that Iran is firing multiple missiles at U.S. bases and targets throughout Iraq in response to the U.S. killing Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani.
Jonathan Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, released a statement:
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.
We are working on initial battle damage assessments.
In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.
As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region.
Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Soon after, Trump responded
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
Along with the missiles fired at American troops, it was reported that a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed over Iran.
The Ukrainian Boeing 737 was carrying 180 passengers and crew and had just taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, the Associated Press reported, adding, “The crash is suspected to have been caused by mechanical issues, it added, without elaborating.”
BBC reporter Ali Hashem tweeted out a video that he claimed showed the airliner crashing:
— Ali Hashem علي هاشم (@alihashem_tv) January 8, 2020