Donald Trump Meets With His Cabinet After US-based Attack In Iraq

Millennium Digital and AP

Washington D.C. / 07.01.2020 18:15:36

US President Donald Trump has met with his security cabinet after the missile attack on US military bases in Iraq, the White House spokeswoman said.

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Stephanie Grisham reported that the president of the United States had "been informed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team."

We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.

– Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) January 7, 2020

The attack was awarded by the Revolutionary Guards of Iran, through Iranian state television, in Iraq. The Iranian government fired "more than a dozen" missiles at bases in Iraq used by US forces, the Pentagon confirmed. The operative was called “Mártir Soleimani,” added the Iranian television.

The aerospace division of the Revolutionary Guard, which controls Iran's missile program, launched the attack. Tehran said it will release more information later.

The Pentagon said there were at least 12 ballistic missiles launched from Iran.

"It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases that house US military and coalition personnel in Al-Assad and Irbil," said Jonathan Hoffman, assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, in a release. "We are working on initial battle damage assessments."

As we evaluate the situation & our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect & defend U.S. personnel, partners, & allies in the region.

Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

– Department of Defense ???????? (@DeptofDefense) January 8, 2020

"In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our staff and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime was planning attack our forces and interests in the region, "the agency reported on Twitter." As we assess the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend United States personnel, partners and allies in the region. Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available, "he added.

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