The U.S. Military was warned about the missile attack ahead time. And the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei , said that the missiles attack was just a “slap in the face” and that the U.S. should leave the region. Does Iran really feel they have the power to dictate what will happen? It’s possible they are just testing the waters. But President Trump will not take any action unless a serious attack occurs. Trump does not want war, he wants cooperation.
U.S. military officials were warned about Iran’s pending ballistic missile strike “when the air defense systems went active” shortly before the attack was launched, a U.S. official in Baghdad told Fox News on Wednesday.
U.S. intelligence picked up “chatter” from Iran and inside Iraq, tipping off American forces to a strike around 1:30 a.m. local time — or 5:30 p.m. ET. Soon after, Iran launched more than a dozen short-range ballistic missiles into Iraq, striking military bases housing American and coalition troops.
Officials said there were no reported casualties.
The Iranian strikes — the country’s most brazen direct assault on America since the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran — targeted two bases, one in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil and the other at Ain al-Asad in western Iraq.
President Donald Trump, in an address to the nation on Wednesday, said American and Iraqi forces suffered no casualties and there was minimal damage at the military bases because “of the precaution was taken, dispersal of forces and an early warning system that worked very well.”
“I salute the incredible courage of America’s men and women in uniform,” he said.
Pentagon officials told Fox News the advance warning of the Iranian missile attack is the reason Defense Secretary Mark Esper held a hasty press conference Tuesday afternoon. He said he wanted to offer Iran an off-ramp talk “without preconditions,” he told reporters.
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