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Breaking: Iran launched a series of missile attacks aimed at U.S. bases in Iraq, Iranian state television reported Tuesday.

The Iranian Fars news agency showed footage that it said showed “tens” of missiles being launched toward the Al Assad air base in northwest Iraq, which houses both Iraqi and U.S. forces.  https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-01-07/iranian-tv-says-tehran-has-launched-missiles-at-u-s-bases-in-iraq 

Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said officials were “aware of the reports of attacks on U.S. facilities in Iraq.”

“The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team,” she said.

There are no casualties reported so far at the Al Asad air base, officials say. The base, one of the largest U.S. facilities in Iraq, houses both Iraqi and U.S. forces.

We are monitoring developments in the aftermath of Suleimani’s death. More updates:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was notified of the attack in a note handed to her during a meeting of House Democratic leaders, according to Democrats in the room.

“It’s sad,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries. “We’re hopeful that no American lives will be lost.”

About an hour after airing video that it said showed missile launches aimed at bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq, Iranian state television showed what it described as a second wave of missiles.

The Iranian attack was launched at 1:20 a.m. local time, Iranian officials said, noting it was the precise time of the U.S. missile strike that killed Suleimani as he left Baghdad’s airport.

Iran launched 15 missiles, of which 11 hit their targets and four failed in flight, according to a U.S. defense official, who said that there were no reports so far of U.S. casualties in the attack.

Democratic presidential candidates offered support for U.S. troops Tuesday after Iran launched a missile attack on American military bases in Iraq. The Democrats also urged President Trump and Iranian leaders to ease tensions between the two nations.  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/liveblog/live-updates-iran-missile-strike-us-base 

Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, sent a message on Twitter that suggested the missile strike could be the beginning and end of Iran’s retaliation.

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