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UPDATE: President Trump will NOT speak to the nation tonight…
UPDATE: FAA is telling all commercial air carriers not to fly over the Persian gulf and Gulf of Oman, one BA134 has turned around over Kuwait on route to London
UPDATE: Iranian State media is claiming iranian jets have entered Iraq airspace
UPDATE: CBS News Iraqi Correspondant Tara Copp says no U.S. casualties…only Iraqi…President Trump preparing to address the nation.
UPDATE: CBS News reports rockets also launched near u.s. consulate in Erbil, Iraq
UPDATE: Pentagon Statement…
Statement from Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman
At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.
We are working on initial battle damage assessments.
In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.
As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. 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.
UPDATE: Pompeo and Esper, head of Joint Chiefs General Milley have arrived at White House according to sources…
UPDATE: The Pentagon has confirmed that more than a dozen missiles were launched from Iran. “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran.” But others claim there appears to be some doubt, reported Zero Hedge.
UDPATE: Israeli media: over 60 missiles fired. Iran says second wave happening now.
UPDATE: White House says U.S. President Donald Trump is briefed on attacks targeting U.S. troops in Iraq, meeting with national security team, said White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. Some reports claim casualties in Ain Al Assad.
UPDATE: Kurdish Conflict Observer—US soldiers at camp Taji, north of Baghdad, are hiding in shelters, rockets continue to fall on their heads.
UPDATE: Reports U.S. jets seen taking off from bases in UAE Al-Dhafra Air Base…
Confirmation has been received that Iran has fired ‘tens’ of rockets at a base in Iraq which houses American forces. We will report more as it is available.
There are reports of American casualites.
“Martyr Soleimani” has begun declared the IRCG, reported Bloomberg.
At least nine rockets have now hit Al-Asad Airbase. There have also been reports of IRGC commanders claiming to have launched “tens of missiles” at the base, wrote Zero Hedge.