Iran claims 80 ‘American terrorists’ killed in missile strikes

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Iranian state television said on Wednesday that at least 80 “American terrorists” were killed in attacks involving 15 missiles Tehran launched on U.S. targets in Iraq, adding that none of the missiles were intercepted.

State TV, citing a senior Revolutionary Guards source, also said Iran had 100 other targets in the region in its sights if Washington took any retaliatory measures. It also said U.S. helicopters and military equipment were “severely damaged.”

Iran launched missile attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East.

However, the US rejects claims that there were any casualties.

U.S. radar tracked the missiles in flight and as a result, personnel at the base had time to take cover before they struck, according to the defense official, who was not authorized to speak on the record. The U.S. made no effort to intercept the missiles, the official said.

The Iranian missile strikes apparently mark the first time Tehran has directly attacked U.S. positions and openly acknowledged doing so. U.S. officials have frequently accused Iran of being behind attacks on American forces in Iraq, but those assaults generally involved Iranian-backed militias, not Iranian security forces.

See also: Pentagon statement on Iranian Ballistic Missile Attacks in IraqPresident Donald Trump says “All is well!” after Iranian missile attack

 

Via Jerusalem Post/Reuters/ LA Times

Once you're here...