Iran, on Wednesday, bombarded two bases in Iraq housing US troops, the Pentagon said. Though no immediate causalities were reported, Pentagon said it is assessing the damage.
The missile attack comes in retaliation to US airstrike, ordered by US President Donald Trump, that killed an Iranian top general in Baghdad. Thereafter, Iran has vowed to take revenge from Donald Trump.
For context, the tensions between Iran and the USA elasticated after a US airstrike killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of Quds Force for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The Pentagon reported that two bases in Iraq were targeted by Iran. “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil,” Pentagon said.
IRGC had earlier said that it doesn’t have a problem with Americans, but only Donald Trump. IRGC has also advised Americans to recall US troops deployed in the region to avoid further losses of life.
“We advise the American people to recall US troops (deployed in the) region in order to avoid further losses and not to allow the lives of its soldiers to be further threatened by the ever-growing hatred of the regime,” IRGC reportedly said.
After the airstrike, Trump in a tweet said “all was well” adding that assessment of damages is being done.
Meanwhile, in other news, a Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines was crashed due to technical problems after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport with 180 passengers and crew aboard, the semi-official Fars news agency tweeted on Wednesday.
Rescue teams have been sent to the crash site, however, as per the reports all those on board have been killed, Iranian state TV reported on Wednesday.