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Jan 8, 4:07 p.m. EST
Reports of rockets near US embassy
Unconfirmed reports are coming in of two rockets landing near the US embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone. One of our local partners based just across the river from the Green Zone reported hearing a large explosion. Stay tuned for updates.
10:07 p.m. EST
Initial reactions from Iranian and US leadership
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and US President Donald Trump tweeted within moments of each other, after the Iranian missile strike.
Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched.
We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 8, 2020
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
9:40 p.m. EST
Initial casualty reports
CNN is reporting there are Iraqi casualties at the Ain Al Asad base in Anbar province Iraq. Other correspondents are reporting that there were no US casualties in the attacks.
Latest: There are casualties among the Iraqis at Ain al-Asad airbase following the attack early Wednesday local time, an Iraqi security source tells CNN.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) January 8, 2020
No U.S. casualties in Iraq after missile strike from Iran, but assessment still ongoing: officials
— Lucas Tomlinson (@LucasFoxNews) January 8, 2020
7:45 p.m. EST
Unconfirmed footage shows missile strikes
Video reportedly filmed by Iraqi soldiers, showing several missiles hit the Ain Al Asad base in Anbar province, Iraq.
7:03 P.M. EST
Missiles launched from Iran
Iranian Tasnim news agency confirms the missiles were launched from Iran by revolutionary guard forces.
Jan 7, 6:18 P.M. EST
Possible explosion heard in Erbil, Iraq
Conflicting reports of an explosion in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region of Iraq. A very loud warning was issued out of the American embassy. Military aircraft can be heard all over the city.