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Iran retaliates with missile strike on US-Iraqi bases

Iran has fired several missiles at US-Iraqi airbases in retaliation for last week's killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani by the US. The already tense situation risks escalating further.

Photo: Hussein Faleh/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at US-Iraqi airbases, a direct attack on American forces in the region that risks further action from President Donald Trump after a US air strike killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week.

The elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed responsibility for the barrage, which the Pentagon said was launched from Iran. Fifteen missiles were fired, 10 of which hit the Ayn al-Asad base in western Iraq and another facility in Erbil, according to two US officials. Another struck the Taji air base near Baghdad while four fell out of the sky.

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