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Pentagon official: We detected Iranian missiles after they were launched

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A Pentagon official said on Wednesday that our radars had detected Iranian missiles that targeted two US military bases in Iraq.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper quoted the official (not named) as saying that Iran launched 15 missiles, 11 of which hit its targets, 4 of which failed to reach its targets

, and the official added that 10 missiles hit the sprawling “Assad” air base in Anbar province, west Iraq, while a missile hit the Joint Operations Center in Erbil.

The official confirmed that the American radar was able to detect missiles while flying, and as a result, the individuals in the base were able to hide.

The official, who was not authorized to speak formally, indicated that the United States had made no effort to intercept the missiles.

He pointed out that the US Central Command was aware of reports of Iraqi casualties in Erbil, but their authenticity has not been confirmed.

In a related context, other Pentagon officials told Fox News that the US military did not attempt to shoot down ballistic missiles launched from Iran, because there are no American military equipment in its bases in Iraq to intercept them.

The officials added (did not mention their names) that the United States is deploying the Patriot anti-missile air defense systems and Avenger in other locations in the Middle East.

And at dawn on Wednesday, the Iranian “Revolutionary Guard” announced targeting two American bases in Iraq with dozens of ballistic missiles, in response to the killing of Qassem Soleimani, by an American raid in Baghdad, last Friday.

In response to the attacks, Trump said, at a White House news conference: “We have not incurred any casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and our two military bases have suffered only minor damage.”

He hinted at more sanctions against Iran, and said his administration was evaluating more options for dealing with Tehran.

In turn, the “Pentagon” announced that Iran targeted two bases that include American forces in Iraq with more than 12 ballistic missiles, namely “Ein al-Assad” in Anbar Province, and another in Erbil.

And deploy about 5 thousand American soldiers in military bases throughout Iraq, within the international coalition to fight the Islamic State “ISIS”.

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