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Iran claims 80 US citizens killed in attacks in Iraq

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — According to Iranian state television, 80 US citizens have been killed in ballistic missile attacks on Iraqi military bases.

The claim came after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) launched dozens of ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the missiles were fired from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases, where US military and coalition troops are stationed, respectively, at Al-Assad and Erbil bases.

As the Pentagon said, it is being assessed whether any US troops were killed or injured in the attacks, but gave no immediate casualties.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote in his twitter account that Tehran has “inferred proportionate measures” in response to last week’s US assassination of Quds Iranian elite Qasem Soleimani, adding that Tehran is not seeking a war with the US.

This morning’s attacks followed a series of hostilities between the US and Iranian-backed forces that began late last month with the killing of a US contractor at a US base in Iraq.

The US has responded with air strikes on Iran-backed militia, which it says is responsible for carrying out the attack that killed dozens.

On Tuesday, last week, the US embassy in Baghdad was attacked by a group of militants and frenzied demonstrators.

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