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Understanding Iran’s missile strikes on U.S. bases in Iraq

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Iranian missile attack on the United States military base at the Irbil Airport in northern Iraq and the Ain al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, executed Wednesday morning local time, seems to have fulfilled Iran’s promise of “strong revenge” for the drone strike last week that killed Iranian major general Qassem Soleimani.

The reality on the ground is not that simple, considering both the broader situation in the Middle East and my own observations when I was at Ain al-Asad in 2011.

According to Iranian press sources, more than 30 missiles were launched in Operation Martyr Soleimani. The U.S. military has initially claimed that two missiles hit the base in Irbil while another 10 struck the al-Asad airbase. President Trump and other nations with soldiers at the base, Australia and Canada, have confirmed they suffered no casualties.

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