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Iran launches missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq

Iran launches missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq

Reports of widespread tactical and ballistic missiles fired from Iran.

U.S. miliary bases in Iraq are under Iranian missile attack, the U.S. Department of Defense and Iranian media have confirmed.

Fars News posted this tweet:

https://twitter.com/FarsNews_Agency/status/1214686551281741824

[Note – This tweet now has been deleted, and appears to have been reposted here]

UPDATES TO FOLLOW

https://twitter.com/Jtruzmah/status/1214692515846086656

Be careful about images and reports on social media and even in the mainstream media. There is lots of disinformation and misinformation.

Preliminary reports indicate no US casualties.

The FAA is now issued an emergency restriction over Persian Gulf airspace.

Despite rumors to the contrary, President Donald Trump is not giving an address to the nation tonight.

Updates from the West Coast Team, by Leslie:

What would a major news story be without some #FakeNews?

President Trump will giving a statement tomorrow morning.

There are reports coming in that a Ukrainian plane crashed on take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport, which seems to be related to technical difficulties based on initial information available.

A Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines has crashed due to technical problems after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport with 180 passengers and crew aboard, the semi-official Fars news agency tweeted on Wednesday.

This came after Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases where US military and coalition forces’ are stationed in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

And while this report may also be unrelated, there were 2 earthquakes reported in southwest Iran around the time of the missile launches.

Two earthquakes measuring magnitudes 4.9 and 4.5 hit southewestern Iran Wednesday morning.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the stronger quake hit at about 2:20 a.m., six miles southeast of the city of Borazjan.

The second quake hit almost exactly one hour later about 10 miles southeast of the city.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Borazjan has a population of about 110,000. It is located near the Persian Gulf.

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Comments

JusticeDelivered | January 7, 2020 at 6:42 pm

Can we finally take the gloves off? Start destroying their electric grid, starting with hydroelectric, and water reservoirs, first leading to far too much water, followed by a severe shortage of water.

A few well placed fuel air bombs would also serve to educate them.

then Trump should level 10 locations for every 10 missiles they launched

they’ll learn

may take a devastated landscape, but those bozos will get the lesson eventually

myself – I’d start with their refineries

I hope that we quickly retaliate with a grossly disproportionate response. And, yes, their refineries and nuclear facilities should be on the list. A pitty-pat response will simply invite slow escalation. Better to just squash the bug.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Anonamom. | January 7, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    We definitely need to hit their nuclear ambitions, but I wouldn’t use incendiary means.

    We are growing support among the Iranian people that protest this regime. If we could get the rest of the corrupt 1st world to agree on ousting the Ayatollahs then Iran could start to govern themselves responsibly. It’s really frustrating how entrenched they are with this scumbag.

      It’s part of how they do things in Foggy Bottom (and everywhere else that learned from the same professors they did). Always about stability. Unless they are destabilizing someone who might threaten their power. Or someone they think they can just mess with to get a few votes.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to healthguyfsu. | January 8, 2020 at 8:02 am

      Think about continuous indoctrination of the people since 1979. Lots of Iranians will never be salvaged.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to healthguyfsu. | January 8, 2020 at 8:08 am

      I think that the best way to curb their nuclear ambitions is to destroy their power grid. It will then be much easier to locate hot spots.

      We also need to greatly reduce the size of their military, via death.

    I never can understand this proportional response stuff. It seems to me that when they decided to attack they already factored in that they were willing to accept a proportional response. As the sage once said, “Put a boot up their ass, it’s the American way.”

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Perfesser33. | January 7, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      Methinks with all the loud mouth traitor DEMS and DEM Media that Iranian Mullahs think there will be no response.

      Bad calculation on Iran’s part.

      Virginia42 in reply to Perfesser33. | January 8, 2020 at 6:24 am

      Cold War holdover, especially from Korea and Vietnam–nobody wanted to escalate to nuclear war. Unfortunately, Vietnam (especially Johnson and MacNamara) was the apotheosis of the idiocy of restrictive ROEs and the habit dies hard.

      Injecting lawyers where they don’t belong is more a Clinton era thing, but Bush 2 did little to address it. Obama made it worse.

The coin flip is over, and it looks like Iran has elected to receive….

Professor: I wish you wouldn’t embed Tweets (or whatever they are) in your articles because they’re invisible in Firefox.

JusticeDelivered | January 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm

Dems and their media lackies encouraged this. Still, now Iran gets to pay dearly. Maybe we will finally do what we should have done in 1979.

    fishstick in reply to JusticeDelivered. | January 7, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    I don’t think it needs to go THAT far

    just level a target for every missile these Iran idiots fired

    target strategic locations: refineries, telecommunications, military outposts, and the such

    make it hurt them economically, not just militarily

    and after the bombardment is over, let the Russians or Chinese or the Germans go in to rebuild all their infrastructure

    that is – if they want the headache

It seems to me that the Network news readers are reporting this with a hint of glee. Almost as if they are pleased. Just a sensation, but…

    Titan28 in reply to Romey. | January 7, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Romey,

    You are on the mark. Anything to gin up anti-Trump hysteria. The MSM don’t care if 100,000 American soldiers die, so long as it hurts Trump. They are beyond despicable.

    If voters don’t sent the scalawags packing in 2020, then we deserve to get what’s coming.

      GWB in reply to Titan28. | January 7, 2020 at 9:24 pm

      so long as it hurts Trump
      I think you’re not giving them nearly enough credit. That’s too short-sighted.

      It’s as long as it gains them more power. Trump is merely an obstacle to attaining that power.

    iconotastic in reply to Romey. | January 8, 2020 at 12:19 am

    The chants of “Death to America” kind of gave it away on CNN and MSNBC.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Romey. | January 8, 2020 at 1:32 am

    Of course they are! This means ratings!

Well, you don’t kill a snake by cutting off its tail…….

The President said 52.

This would appear to be an ideal opportunity to work with the Israelis and blow up all of Iran’s nuclear weapons facilities. A few bunker busters, plus intermediate-range missiles with penetrating warheads should do the trick.

This is something we would have had to do eventually, anyway. Nobody (other than the Iranians) will say that nuclear facilities are cultural treasures.

    stablesort in reply to OldProf2. | January 7, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    “Nobody (other than the Iranians) will say that nuclear facilities are cultural treasures.”

    Haven’t you been listening to Pelosi and Shiff lately?

    txvet2 in reply to OldProf2. | January 7, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Wrongheaded thinking. We SHOULD be blowing up their cultural centers. That’s precisely what they specialize in when they take over territory. Then they build mosques on the same site.

President Trump needs to notify Iraq that he just ordered an extra big helping of ice cream.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | January 7, 2020 at 7:56 pm

Jeff Taylor put this out on Saturday but I think his analysis is spot on and what everyone should be aware of now with Iran attacking free peoples around the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6O1ztPgm_g

Qasem Soleimani attack questions!

Iran may have intended infrastructure rather than personnel, but ground-to-ground missiles lack the necessary accuracy for such a ploy.

If personnel have been hurt due to these attacks, Iran’s in for world of hurt.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | January 7, 2020 at 8:12 pm

Mmmmmm……

Interesting feed…..

#Iran’s dictator @khamenei_ir
weeping at Soleimani’s funeral.

I haven’t been so happy in a very long time!

As an Iranian, I say thank you to U.S. President Donald Trump & all those involved in killing this ruthless terrorist.

https://mobile.twitter.com/HeshmatAlavi/status/1214077172547280897

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | January 7, 2020 at 8:16 pm

Lou Dobbs guest blames Obama for Iranian missile strike on American-occupied military bases in Iraq – just now 8:00pm EST.

https://www.mediamatters.org/lou-dobbs/lou-dobbs-guest-blames-obama-iranian-missile-strike-american-occupied-military-bases-iraq

Good think obama is gone, he’d have sent pallet loads of cash to them.

The ball is entirely in the Iranian’s court.

Since the Trump administration came into office, the POTUS has said, that he is wiling to talk to the Iranians about anything, but Iran as nuclear power is a non-starter,. Iran;s response was to attempt to blackmail, first the US and then the international community. Iran has engages in terrorist activities across the globe. They have engaged in piracy, both against international shipping and US military shipping. It has directly and indirectly attacked US military and government interests in the Middle East. Iran will continue to escalate because historically, the US always backs down. We’ll have to see what the US will do this time.

I don’t know what Trump has in mind, but we could/should have aircraft or drones in the air targeting the launch sites.

“tens” of
Damn metric people……
They deserve whatever they get.

Remenber, johm kerry is advising them.

Fluffy Foo Foo | January 7, 2020 at 9:51 pm

This is a very weak response. This is a saving facing salvo. Trump doesn’t need to respond to this event.

We live in a modern era of warfare. Striking oil refineries and bomb manufacturing facilities is 80’s level. We know where the Quds commanders live. We know where they have meetings during crisis or disaster. We can track their communications. Tonight, Quds force commanders will be gathering in various buildings to coordinate the strikes and listen to intelligence briefings. These are the people who murdered their fellow Iranians during recent protests.

Hit them all at once. Hit the water systems around the building so the fires cannot be fought. Hit bridges so their ambulances cannot reach the hospitals with their wounded. Put a thousand-pound bomb through the windows of every secret meeting room they think are safe. Flatten every house they own.

Then, if needed, hit ammo dumps, refineries, and various other things that blow up and don’t move.

hoepe Pres Trump has good list Iranian military targets, starting with the members that fired on the unarmed civilians, then their elite and then the rest

But… also a classic action of a failing dictatorship…. using war to maintain control of the country. The Iranians know the Left and media will be their lapdogs in this… putting Party ahead of country. As with Gulf Wars… threatening to attack Israel if we retaliate. The key is which areas to hit to bring an end to the Mullahs.

Ok. It’s time to take off the gloves and put on the pussy… front hole hats. Send in the abortionists, the planners, the Twilighters, too. Show the Iranian terrorists the pinnacle of Western progressive culture (PC). Wage social justice, cannibalize their profitable parts, and collect the Mullahs. Send notice in no selective, opportunistic terms, that they are no longer viable. Also, as we are a diversitist society, exclude no People… Person nor Posterity, but hunt, judge, and cancel them with prejudice as an inclusive color bloc.

imronburgundy | January 7, 2020 at 10:41 pm

Latest news but not completely verified is a Ukrainian 737 crashed on take off from Tehran with 180 souls.

I hate to be the one that dampens all of the blood lust but Trump can do two big things that will crush the Dems and tell the Iranians that we have their number. First, he can say that NO Americans were killed or injured, if it is true, and second that he wants the WORLD to know that ONE more attack on any US base, personnel or equipment will bring down the mother of all firestorms on their country. This will crush the Dems constant talking points who say Trump is a warmonger. It will make the other world leaders think twice about bad-mouthing Trump for being reckless and allow the rest of the free world to understand that the threat has been made and will be carried out. This isn’t the shock and awe route but it will do the most for the region and Trump’s standing in this country and the world. I’ve been in combat and there is no glory. You just come home tired and soulless.

    I too, have seen combat. It is terrifying. it is violent. it is horrible. but, sometimes it is necessary. It is necessary to stop aggression and protect innocent people.
    directed t
    When the Mafia was engaged in blackmail, murder, and other harmful acts against the American people, did we simply try to buy them off? How about the cocaine cowboys of the 1980s? The KKK? The US government, on behalf of the America People gave these people an ultimatum, stop or we will stop you. And, then we did.

    Iran is nothing more than a state run criminal organization. They commit exactly the same acts as organized crime syndicates, because that is exactly what Iran is. Trump told them to stop enriching nuclear bomb material, they did not. He told them to stop attacking their neighbors, they did not. He had the IRGC and al Quds force as terrorist organizations. This gave the US authority, under current doctrine for dealing with terrorists, to engage terrorists wherever they are found. Iran ignored that. So, he drew a line at the killing, or wounding, of US citizens by Iran or its proxies. Iran crossed the line and the man in charge of the IRGC surrogate terrorist operation was targeted and eliminated. Iran decides to directly attack more US assets in the region. Now we will see how the US will respond. Will we allow the Iranians to continue their criminal enterprise? Or will we slap then down, like we did with domestic large scale criminal enterprises? We will see.

      inspectorudy in reply to Mac45. | January 8, 2020 at 12:21 am

      It’s not just us and them. Iran says they have 70,000 rockets aimed at Israel and if we attack they will launch them. How do you handle that? Isn’t walking away with the mother of all warnings including Israel’s safety too, a get-out-of-jail0free card if they EVER attack again?

        JusticeDelivered in reply to inspectorudy. | January 8, 2020 at 8:59 am

        Maybe a few nukes. That was enough to subdue Japan.

        Israel is a nuclear power and has been for the last 50+ years. Netanyahu as much as admitted that in a recent speech. It was a reminder to the Iranians.

        It is reliably estimated that Israel has at least 80 deliverable tactical nuclear weapons and possibly as high as 300-400. Why do you think that there has not been any wars involving other states, directly, with Israel since 1973? Israel can take care of itself and Iran knows it.

        Now, it is beginning to appear as the Iran “attack” was merely the equivalent of “counting coup”, more for internal consumption, and was not a serious attack against the US. Warning were apparently given of the pending action by Iran and most missiles “missed” facilities and little or no damage was done. The bases attacked belonged to Iraq and Kurdish Iraq, not US bases. So, would say that “WAR” is not very likely, at this time. But, it would be a huge mistake to allow things to revert to the previous status quo.

    Agreed but, there are just some levels of violence that can only be dealt with by the use of equal or greater violence. In the military we called it, “Attaining peace through the application of superior firepower.”

Trump has an interesting situation, and three audiences (home, abroad, inside Iran).

Since no Americans have been injured, Trump could laugh at the Iranians — perhaps refer to the Ayatollahs as “sons of rocket boys”. That might inspire the ayatollahs to try again, but here at home, the effect would be to defang the Democrats. See, Trump isn’t launching WW3. Most everyone knows that we can “reach out and touch someone”; we just did to Soleimani, and would only need to do it again if the Iranians manage to kill Americans.

Limiting our response to a good laugh at Iran’s expense would reassure allies and make the Democrats look even more shrill. Not a bad idea.

If Trump decides to respond with military force, perhaps the best way (IMO, of course) is to make it personal for the ayatollahs. Leave the refineries and electrical stations alone; bombing those hurt ordinary Iranians. Make the ayatollahs, key generals, and key Revolutionary Guards leaders pay, and show them that we indeed know where they live.

And either way, continue to tighten the sanctions. That’s what is REALLY hurting Iran.

When PDJT says “I’ll have a statement in the morning,” something must be happening between now and the a.m.

Hopefully iran bombs the shit out of DC when PDJT is out of town and congress is in session.

It would seem that Iran has won the coin toss and has elected to receive… B-52’s en-route from Barksdale AFB.

Looks like iran had a very bad day. First they litter the desert with rockets, a significant portion of them failing. Then they may have shot down a Ukrainian airliner. And two “earthquakes” near nuclear facilities. I don’t think their great revenge went the way they thought it was going to go. I wonder if PDJT had any ice cream today.

That noise you can hear is the noise of Democrats cheering the attacks on.

Sounds to me like there may have been no real attacks, just missiles or rockets being fired for “shock and awe” and to feed the US fifth column where heads are again exploding on cue. Another hoax? Nah… What are the odds of that?

Perfesser33, you think you don’t understand the “proportional response stuff?” Neither do the barely literate journo school grads who traffic in the term. No wonder you are unclear.

One of the 4 general principles of the Law Of Armed Conflict (LOAC) is proportionality. Leftists bandy the the word around as if it’s obvious what that means. Hamas pulls a knife, Israel commits a war crime if it pulls a gun.

The only thing that is obvious is that leftists can’t read, are too lazy to read, or too stupid to comprehend what the are reading. Take your pick.

The principle of proportionality simply means that when choosing a course of action along with a means to achieve a desired objective, the risk of collateral damage must not be out of proportion to the military advantage to be gained. That’s it.

Killing Suleimani is a practical example of an entirely proportional response. Eliminating Iran’s top terrorist further limits economically crippled Iran’s already severely restricted menu of options. Killing him and many of his top people therefore provides us with a huge military advantage.

By destroying Suleimani’s motorcade on the road outside the Baghdad airport there was practically zero risk of collateral damage. Indeed I have heard of none.

The principle of proportionality was met.

All of the other uses of the term these days in reference to this country are just variations of Orange Man Bad.

Hope this helps.

Didn’t earthquakes hit near some kind of facility in North Korea? Funny… Saber rattling last night, watching the missiles fly? I get it.

The Iranian Foreign Minister
In case you missed this last night …
https://mobile.twitter.com/JZarif/status/1214736614217469953
WWIII averted
Iranian experts flummoxed

Ben Rhodes hit hardest

JusticeDelivered | January 8, 2020 at 10:03 am

I wonder if neutron flux from a neutron bomb would be high enough to cause their reactor core to meltdown, thereby rendering the reactor useless, or maybe worse?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | January 8, 2020 at 10:16 am

Reckless: MSNBC Spews Iranian Propaganda Claiming 30 U.S. Service Members Were Killed…

Dead American troops don’t matter to libs, but dead terrorists do.

https://www.weaselzippers.us/441465-reckless-msnbc-spews-iranian-propaganda-claiming-30-u-s-service-members-were-killed/

Trump emerges as only sane person.

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