U.S. 'outraged' by latest attack on Iraqi base

Rockets hit Iraq airbase hosting US troops

"The reason why we postponed it until 11:30 p.m.is that at this point all signs indicated something was coming", she said to reporters who traveled the base.

Legit.ng reports that the latest attack comes just when US President Donald Trump, on Sunday, January 12, gave new conditions to embattled Iran as tension grows over the detention of British ambassador Rob Macaire.

The first strike landed sometime after 1:35 p.m. on January 8, and the barrage lasted nearly two hours. Iraqi officials have confirmed "threatening calls" from the United States over the troops, insisting that they have no intention of leaving Iraq just because Iraq is asking.

Tehran fired at least 22 ballistic missiles at the the Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq, which houses US forces, in retaliation for an American airstrike that took out a top Iranian military commander.

When the missiles finally landed at about 1.30am (local time), they struck "empty bunkers that had been evacuated hours before", the intelligence source said.

"It's miraculous no one was hurt", Lt Col Staci Coleman, the USA air force officer who runs the airfield told reporters on Monday.

A US drone in Iraq on January 3 killed Qasem Soleimani, who commanded the Quds Force, the foreign arm of Iran's hard-line Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The sprawling complex in western Anbar province is about 180 kilometers (110 miles) west of Baghdad and is shared with the Iraqi military.

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Ain al-Asad Air Force Base was used by American forces for the first time after the 2003-led United States invasion that overthrew the dictator Saddam Hussein.

In her reporting, Williams spoke with a senior coalition military official who told her the Iranians were very much "shooting to kill".

An advisor to Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told Reuters that Iran did not directly notify Iraq until shortly before the missile strike - but said Iran passed warnings through other countries.

"They knew what they were aiming at by targeting the airfield and parking area".

Officers at the base said that it had become clear they would be attacked by mid-evening on the night the missiles hit. He described soldiers who had survived the attack as "warriors". Facilities at the base were split with Iraqi forces when US troops returned in 2014 leading a multi-national coalition to defeat ISIS militants.

A picture taken on January 13, 2020 during a press tour organised by the USA -led Coalition shows damage at Ain al-Asad military air base in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.

"I was 100 per cent ready to die", he added.

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