Iran fired missiles at airbases used by the US military in Iraq on 8 January. The attack follows the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani on 3 January.

The US has confirmed that at least 12 ballistic missiles had been fired from Iran targeting airbases in Erbil and Al-Asad.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on TV that they fired the missiles in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani, while the Iranian foreign minister said the missiles were fired in an act of self defence. He added that Iran does not want to start a war.

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Twitter that attacks had taken place, adding that the damage was being assessed and that he would make a statement on 8 January.

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