The US-led coalition in Iraq says that Iranian forces fired 15 missiles at US targets in Iraq, in retaliation for the recent assassination of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani. According to Centcom, 10 of the short-range ballistic missiles struck al-Asad airbase, where US troops are located, 1 fell in the Iraqi town of Erbil, and an additional 4 failed upon launch. According to Iranian press, the retaliatory attack was given the name “Operation Martyr Soleimani.”
President Trump conferred with top advisors in the White House as the attack unfolded, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. They have since left the White House, and no details of a planned response to Iranian aggression has been released.
The Pentagon says that the US suffered zero casualties in the missile attacks, a development which could allow the US to decline to respond and thereby allow the situation to deescalate. Iran said that if the US does respond to their missile attacks, they will begin attacking US allies in the region, including the city of Haifa in Israel.
US defenses reportedly did not attempt to shoot down the missiles. Rather, the US tracked them as they came in and had soldiers take necessary cover to keep them from being injured, hence the zero casualties among US troops.
President Trump is not expected to make a statement tonight.