American forces in Iraq came under attack early Wednesday, when rockets struck a base hosting US troops in what looked to be the first wave of expected Iranian counterstrikes in retaliation for the assassination of Qassem Soleimani.
The al-Asad airbase is in Anbar Province, in western Iraq. It was hit, along with a base at Erbil.
The IRGC confirmed that the country had attacked US interests. These strikes were not by proxy. The Iranian military directly attacked US bases from inside Iran.
US officials later said 15 rockets were fired. Four fell from the sky, missing their targets. Trump was briefed and "monitored the situation closely with his national security team", the White House said.
Around three hours after the (literal) fireworks, Trump sounded an amusingly upbeat tone considering the circumstances. "All is well!", he exclaimed, on Twitter.
"As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend US personnel, partners, and allies in the region", the DoD remarked.
"This morning, courageous fighters of the IRGC's Air Force launched a successful o
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