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Iran has launched what it called “hard revenge” against the United States for the assassination of the head of their Quds special forces, Commander General Qasem Soleimani, on 4th January.
A total of 22 surface-to-surface missiles were launched by Iran at American military bases in Irbil and Ain al Asad, which lie to the north and to the west of the city of Baghdad respectively. No casualties have been reported so far, although assessments of the damage are still ongoing.
The missiles were launched from Iranian soil, and the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Iranian state media. The IGRC-affiliated FarsNews Agency released images of the ballistic missiles at 10:54 pm UK Time while the attacks on the US bases were still ongoing, labelling the action as “hard revenge”. FarsNews then released a video showing the “Army’s heavy missile attacks on US base in Ain al Asad” at 11:36 pm UK time.