U.S. Knew Iranian Missiles Were Coming Hours in Advance

(Washington Post) Shane Harris - The Iranian missile strike on American facilities in Iraq was a calibrated event intended to cause minimal casualties and give the Iranians a face-saving measure, according to senior U.S. officials. A senior administration official said, "We had intelligence reports several hours in advance that the Iranians were seeking to strike the bases." The advance warning gave military commanders time to get U.S. troops into safe, fortified bunkers and to don protective gear, while some left the al-Asad air base in western Iraq before the attack. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the Iranian missiles hit tents and a helicopter but did not cause major damage.

2020-01-09 00:00:00

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