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World Joint Chiefs chairman: Iran intended to kill American troops in missile attacks

02:05  09 january  2020
02:05  09 january  2020 Source:   politico.com

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Iran has carried out a ballistic missile attack on air bases housing US forces in Iraq, in retaliation for the US killing of General Qasem Soleimani. Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said Iran warned him that an attack was imminent and only areas with US troops would be targeted.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley said he believes Iran’s attacks on air bases in Iraq on Wednesday were intended to kill Americans and that advance intelligence enabled troops to take cover.

Lance Gooden, Mark A. Milley posing for a photo: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley walks towards the Senate after briefing members of Congress on the killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.© Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley walks towards the Senate after briefing members of Congress on the killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.

Of the 16 Iranian short-range ballistic missiles that were fired across the border, one struck a base near the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, while 11 struck al-Asad air base in the western desert, where hundreds of U.S. and coalition troops are located, Milley told reporters at the Pentagon.

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Iranian news media reported the attacks began hours after the remains of General Suleimani were returned to his hometown in Iran for burial. The base in Erbil has been a Special Operations hub, home to hundreds of troops , logistics personnel and intelligence specialists.

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The missiles were fired from three sites inside Iran that he declined to identify.

But where the missiles exploded within the base perimeter suggests they were intended to kill U.S. personnel, he said. “The points of impact were close enough to personnel and equipment and so on and so forth, I believe, based on what I saw and what I know, is that they were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft, and to kill personnel,” Milley explained.

Some news reports earlier in the day suggested that the Pentagon believed Iran deliberately avoided harming U.S. troops.

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Iran has “concluded” its attacks on American forces and does “not seek escalation or war,” the Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where American troops are The furor it caused prompted Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs

WASHINGTON - Iran 's missile attack on Wednesday had been intended to kill US personnel as well as cause major damage at al-Asad airbase, the top US military That's my own personal assessment," Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters."But the analytics is in

The absence of casualties “has more to do with the defensive techniques our forces used than it does with intent,” Milley added. “Al-Asad is a big base. They put 11 large rockets with 1,000-pound, 2,000-pound warheads in it, but we took sufficient defensive measures."

Damage at the base was confined to “tentage, taxiways, the parking lot, a damaged helicopter, things like that. Nothing that I would describe as major,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper added. “No friendly casualties whether they’re U.S., coalition, contractor, etc.”

a man wearing a suit and tie: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper delivers a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)© Evan Vucci/AP Photo Secretary of Defense Mark Esper delivers a statement on Iraq and Syria, at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Esper also said he could not predict whether Iran will make other attempts to retaliate for the U.S. drone attack that killed Iranian paramilitary leader Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.

"I believe that we have restored a level of deterrence … but we will see,” Esper said.

Added Milley: “Part of our job is to create space for diplomacy, and there may or may not be an opportunity for that right now."

But he said U.S. military leaders “fully expect Shia militia groups to conduct terrorist operations against U.S. forces."

Esper and Milley said they have not yet reviewed intelligence that might shed light on the crash of a Ukrainian airliner taking off from Tehran airport hours after the missile attacks.

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Several US service members were injured during last week's Iranian missile attack on Al-Asad airbase in Iraq despite the Pentagon initially saying that no casualties had taken place. © CNN A picture of the destruction left at Al Asad base in Iraq after it was struck by Iranian missiles. "While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed," the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria said in a statement Thursday.

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