Iran’s Operation Shahid Soleimani Raises Specter of Widening Conflict
As per Iranian source Mehr News Agency in the first step of revenge on the US over assassination of Lt. General Soleimani Iran’s IRGC force fired tens of ballistic missile at Al-Asad base in Iraq. Ayn al Asad is an Iraqi air base that the US forces are stationed there.
CNN confirmed that Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi bases that hold US troops and quoted an US official, “that there were no initial reports of any US casualties, but an assessment of the impact of the strikes is underway”.
“There are casualties among the Iraqis at Ain al-Asad airbase following the attack, an Iraqi security source tells CNN. The number of casualties and whether the individuals were killed or wounded was not immediately clear,” says the CNN report.
Mehr News reported that the number of missiles fired is 30 and also huge blasts have been heard in Arbil capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
Issuing a statement IRGC announced that “Shahid Soleimani Operation” was launched to respond to the US criminal act of assassination of IRGC Quds Force Commander Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
IRGC pointed to the successful ‘Shahid Soleimani’ operation against Ain Assad base with tens of surface-to-surface missiles. Iran had earlier vowed to take a crushing response against the United States over the assassination of General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
The statement warned the United States that any more aggression or movement will receive more ‘painful and crushing’ response.
IRGC also issued a warning to all US allies that have their military bases to the terrorist US forces. “Any land that becomes the source of aggressive and hostile measures against the Islamic Republic will be targeted.”
IRGC said it would not differentiate between the US and Israel in retaliating against the assassination of the Iranian national hero.
“We advise the American people to withdraw American soldiers from the region to prevent further damages.”
Iran’s retaliatory strike could lead to a counter response by the US as the Pentagon awaits confirmation of casualties from the Ayn Al Asad base in Iraq.