Iran Launches Missile Attacks Against Iraq Bases

| January 8, 2020

A Missile reportedly launched from Iran towards Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq. (Sima News)

Iran has retaliated against the U.S. for the killing of General Soleimani. They described it as “hard revenge”, and warned the U.S. not to retaliate for these strikes. If we do, they will take additional measures.

Additionally, they’re calling on us, U.S. citizens, to pressure our government to remove U.S. forces out of that area. The attacks were aimed at coalition bases holding Americans. They notified the Iraqis that they were going to do these attacks and that the Iraqis should take precautions.

From CNN:

In a televised address to the nation Wednesday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran gave the US “a slap in the face last night,” in reference to the attacks.

He added that America had cast Soleimani as a “terrorist,” which was “unjust and unfair.”

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, an elite wing of the Iranian military, said in a statement that the attacks on Iraqi bases were “hard revenge” for the death of Soleimani. The IRGC said any country housing US troops could be subject to “hostile and aggressive acts” and called on American citizens to demand the government remove US troops from the region.

It warned the US: “If you repeat your wickedness or take any additional movements or make additional aggression, we will respond with more painful and crushing responses.”

President Trump is awaiting battle damage assessment, then will communicate his assessment of this attack. It would be interesting to see what targets the U.S. will hit next if the damage assessment requires counterretaliation.

You could read more on CNN and Routers.

Category: Iran, Iraq

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  1. Slow Joe says:

    Well, I think this is our opportunity to degrade Iran’s missile forces, air defenses and port facilities.

    Their navy needs a culling too.

    What do you think? Too aggressive? Too disproportionate?

  2. Skippy says:

    CNN and MSNBC are now official mouth pieces
    For Iran no surprise here

    • marinedad61 says:

      Don’t forget ABC.
      They put Martha Raddatz in an Iranian head rag
      to interview the lying and smiling minister.
      How many fell for that bit of business?
      Ugh.

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    Don’t take the word of CNN or any other unreliable media group for any of this. They are in bed with the Iranians, and we all know it.

    Just ask yourself why, if these were missiles, we didn’t see any explosions on any ships or bases last night on the airwaves? Shouldn’t that have been the first thing we saw?

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    Noticed from the CNN Article the location an # of troops we have scattered all thru the region. I am ashamed that I didn’t know how many of our boys and girls were “in the sh^t(hole)”. 60 some odd thousand. No secret, in my opinion, that the only reason we are in that sh^thole area of the world is to protect the oil supplies of the world. Too bad someone besides the American Taxpayer isn’t paying the bill for it. But I digress.

    Bring the dam dam down on these mofos and then GTFO. Didn’t see any of the talking heads on broadcast TV this morning. (I don’t have cable) Did seem to be an increase in the flight activity from Robins and had a message from a friend near Hunter AAF talking about a high level of activity going on there. The ragheads really don’t want a shooting war with us unless they have been assured by the Ruskkies that Putin will back them up. Maybe they are looking at history and think that if we blow hell out of their country, then we will go in and rebuild it. After all, that’s what we do, isn’t it?

    Get.The.F^CK.OUT!

    • Jus Bill says:

      China is actually Iran’s largest trading partner, and is running their oil fields. Russia is a player, but no longer THE major one.

  5. Combat Historian says:

    A Ukrainian UIA Airlines 737-800 crashed near Tehran at virtually the exact same time the Iranians fired their missiles into Iraq. 180 souls lost, no survivors.

    Now the Iranians are refusing to hand over the black box and other critical flight data to international aviation safety authorities for investigation.

    All indicators point to possibility of nervous Iranian Air Defense troops with itchy trigger fingers shooting down a civilian airliner with a SAM…

    • Skippy says:

      It was accidentally shot down

    • Firebase says:

      All indications so far point to a missile striking the plane. It exploded mid-air, during the ascent, and hit the ground in flames. No communications with the crew indicated any sort of technical glitches beforehand.

      No cooperation so far from the Iranians with investigators from the US, the UK, or with Boeing. C’mon, folks, the Iranians themselves accidentally shot it down. Obviously a nervous Iranian with an itchy trigger finger thought it was an American warplane heading towards one of those “52 targets.”

    • RCAF-CHAIRBORNE says:

      Think it’s time for airliners to be fitted with chaff and flare pods for flights in high risk regions.

  6. GDContractor says:

    In the end, I think this will be remembered as Kabuki theater. We killed one of Iran’s “heroes” who stupidly put himself at risk by being in a place that he shouldn’t have been. Iran got to save face by lobbing a few missiles at the Great Satan and making further threats about further retaliation. They also got to photoshop some old photos depicting their glorious attack. I’ve heard that our forces at Taji and Al Assad were tipped off (indirectly, by Iran) and were off site at the time of the attacks. Nobody got killed (from what’s being reported), and the chessboard remains intact.

    • GDContractor says:

      Look for Trump to leave the chess pieces where they are for the time being, Declaring some sort of victory. The threats Iran made against Dubai et al are surely hollow, given the the Iran mullahs have several hundred billion dollars invested there. I’m not saying that they are rational, but it would be extremely irrational to blow up the safe haven for your investments.

  7. Martinjmpr says:

    Seems like if there had been any US casualties we would know by now since we normally know within hours and it’s been almost a full day.

    My guess is that this is a face-saving measure for the Iranians so they can say they ‘did something’ (sort of like Clinton striking unoccupied chemical facilities and terrorist camps in Afghanistan and Somalia following the embassy attacks in 1998.) IOW purely symbolic.

  8. M48DAT says:

    Let me get this strait, Iran calls Iraq and says we’re going to launch some shit to save face. Make sure everyone is dug in.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      I believe the “tip” was a sudden increase in Iranian air-defense activity and “careless chatter” on their Commo.

      Either the Mad Mullahs decided on a noisy but survivable “retaliation”, or the folks in ranks decided on survival, telegraphed the punch and ” missed”.

  9. OWB says:

    Well. THAT may have been the most significant speech made by a US president in my lifetime, perhaps much longer. And that is comparing it to some pretty significant speeches, such as “Bring down that wall” and “Ich bien Berliner.” *

    *Please excuse typos, spelling errors, etc – in a hurry, with no time for proper research at the moment.

  10. The Other Whitey says:

    Khamenei really wants a shot at those 72 virgins, doesn’t he?

  11. Sapper3307 says:

    Will Kuwait based troops receive combat pay again?

  12. AW1Ed says:

    The following is a transcript of President Trump’s remarks on Iran Wednesday morning:

    As long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning. I’m pleased to inform you the American people should be extremely grateful and happy. No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases. Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.

    No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well. I salute the incredible skill and courage of America’s men and women in uniform. For far too long, all the way back to 1979 to be exact, nations have tolerated Iran’s destructive, destabilizing behavior in the Middle East and beyond. Those days are over. Iran has been the leading sponsor of terrorism and their pursuit of nuclear weapons threatens the civilized world.

    We will never let that happen. Last week, we took decisive action to stop a ruthless terrorist from threatening American lives. At my direction, the United States military eliminated the world’s top terrorist, Qassem Soleimani.

    As the head of the Quds force, Soleimani was personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities. He trained terrorists armies, including Hezbollah, launching terrorist strikes against civilian targets. He fueled bloody civil wars all across the region. He viciously wounded and murdered thousands of U.S. troops, including the planting of roadside bombs that maim and dismember their victims. Soleimani directed the recent attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq that badly wounded four service members and killed one American. And he orchestrated the violent assault on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. In recent days, he was planning new attacks on American targets, but we stopped him.

    Soleimani’s hands were drenched in both American and Iranian blood. He should have been terminated long ago. By removing Soleimani we have sent a powerful message to terrorists: if you value your own life, you will not threaten the lives of our people.

    As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime. These powerful sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior. In recent months alone, Iran has seized ships in international waters, fired an unprovoked strike on Saudi Arabia, and shot down two U.S. drones.

    Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, and they were given 150 billion dollars, not to mention 1.8 billion dollars in cash. Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they chanted Death to America.

    In fact, they chanted Death to America the day the agreement was signed. Then Iran went on a terrorist spree funded by the money from the deal and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration.

    The regime also greatly tightened the reins on their own country. Even recently, killing 1,500 people at the many protests that are taking place all throughout Iran. The very defective JCPOA expires shortly anyway and gives Iran a clear and quick path to nuclear breakout. Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism.

    The time has come for the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China to recognize this reality. They must now break away from the remnants of the Iran deal or JCPOA. And we must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place.

    We must also make a deal that allows Iran to thrive and prosper and take advantage of its enormous untapped potential. Iran can be a great country. Peace and stability cannot prevail in the Middle East as long as Iran continues to foment violence, unrest, hatred, and war. The civilized world must send a clear and unified message to the Iranian regime: your campaign of terror, murder, mayhem will not be tolerated any longer. It will not be allowed to go forward.

    Today, I am going to ask NATO to become much more involved in the Middle East process. Over the last three years under my leadership, our economy is stronger than ever before and America’s achieved energy independence. These historic accomplishment shades our strategic priorities. These are accomplishments that nobody thought were possible and options in the Middle East became available. We are now the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world. We are independent and we do not need Middle East oil.

    The American military has been completely rebuilt under my administration at a cost of 2.5 trillion dollars. U.S. armed forces are stronger than ever before. Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal, and fast. Under construction are many hypersonic missiles.

    The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it. We do not want to use it. American strength both military and economic is the best deterrent.

    Three months ago, after destroying 100 percent of ISIS and its territorial caliphate, we killed the savage leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi, who is responsible for so much death, including the mass beheadings of Christians, Muslims, and all who stood in his way. He was a monster. Al-Baghdadi was trying again to rebuild the ISIS caliphate and failed. Tens of thousands of ISIS fighters have been killed or captured during my administration.

    ISIS is a natural enemy of Iran. The destruction of ISIS is good for Iran. And we should work together on this and other shared priorities.

    Finally, to the people and leaders of Iran, we want you to have a future and a great future, one that you deserve, one of prosperity at home in harmony. With the nations of the world, the United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.

    I want to thank you and God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you.

  13. OldSoldier54 says:

    IIRC, Iran is a “Twelver” stronghold. Sooner or later, that kind of ideology will step over the line. Then Trump should take that opportunity to reduce every IRGC and Nuke site in Iran into smoking craters. Special attention for the Mullahs and their bully-bois, the Basij

    Time to ramp up production of MOPs and MOABs with a view toward accomplishing that.

    … and sink every hull they have. I’d leave the refinery complex alone so that the Iranian people themselves have something to work with after all, or nearly all, of the Mullahs, IRGC and Basiji are dead.

    If they still want a fight, destroy every dam, bridge, powerplant and refinery.

    And screw the Russians and Chinese if they don’t like it.

  14. Sarge says:

    reminds me of gunny ermy back in Full Metal Jacket:

    Who said that? Who the fuck said that? Who’s the slimy little communist shit, twinkle-toed cocksucker down here who just signed his own death warrant?

  15. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    If Trump applies even more sanctions, Iran is in a world of hurt. They can barely keep the wheels on their economy now.

    If Trump hardens secondary sanctions on Iran’s supporters, it is going to go medieval in Iran.

    We shall see.

  16. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Meanwhile, Hollywierd TARDOs and RETARDOs mourn and apologize for the “loss” of the Iranian Terrorist (*OOPS!*, General) while ignoring the many American lives lost because of him while he begins his time in Hell. I heard rumor that the now-dead Iranian General was looking forward to meeting his virgins but alas, his pecker and balls were blown away!

  17. marinedad61 says:

    I can’t help but wonder IF…….
    Woodstock, Atlanta, Georgia’s
    Phony Vietnam Veteran Pilot Navy SEAL Admiral Bob McDaniel
    was part of the discussions at the White House…
    in the “Situational Room.”
    And…. IF business partner and mistress Arlene Johnson
    kept the bed warm at the D.C. Trump International Hotel.
    Hmm.

    • rgr769 says:

      Just watched the video of the Human Lawn Dart’s confrontation with the Hair. Bernasty’s shitbaggery lives on in this YouTube video. Thank God, he decided to self-murder himself. Although, I suspect it was more likely incompetent piloting; bet he was using an I-pad to check his airspeed. I am just glad there wasn’t some hapless, duct-taped dog that went down with him.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      I’ve seen the videos of The Hair®™ and his Mrs. confronting Lawn Dart Danny as well as that of the fake Admiral getting called out face to face by The Hair®™, he got what was coming to him!