Iran launched a missile attack towards western Iraq early Wednesday where US and coalition forces are based. 

Security sources told the AFP that nine rockets hit an Iraqi airbase—Ain al-Asad—the largest Iraqi military compounds where the American troops are based, according to Iranian state media. 

The area had three waves of the attack just after midnight and Iran claimed responsibility for the strike. 

Iraq, with all the US installations across, had faced some 15 rocket attacks in the recent months but none were claimed. 

Trump, according to White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, was informed about the reports on the rocket attacks.

“We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team,” Grisham said. 

The attack happened after pro-Tehran factions in Iraq had tied forces with Iran due to the horrifying American drone strike last week outside the Baghdad airport. 

Qasem Soleimani—the “godfather” of Tehran’s proxy network across the region—was killed in the raid that started the recent escalating fights between Iran and the United States. 

Aside from Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an Iraqi top commander and deputy head of Iraq’s Hashed al-Shaabi military network was also killed in the attack. 

“We are not looking to start a war with Iran, but we are prepared to finish one,” US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said during a CNN interview after Iran has sworn to avenge the death of their top general commander. 

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