Sat. Jan 25th, 2020

Hours of forewarning saved U.S., Iraqi lives from Iran's missile attack

AIN AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (Reuters) – Nearly eight hours before Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack on U.S. forces at bases in Iraq, American and Iraqi soldiers at Ain al-Asad air base scrambled to move personnel and weaponry to fortified bunkers, two Iraqi officers stationed at the base told Reuters. Such accounts add to the evidence that the Iranian attack was among the worst kept secrets in modern warfare – but the reasons why remain mysterious after days of conflicting statements from officials in Iran, Iraq and the United States. After the missiles landed, several major U.S. media outlets quoted U.S. officials saying the attack had been little more than a warning shot, allowing Iran to satisfy calls for revenge at home – after the U.S. air strike on Jan. 3 that killed an Iranian general – without much risk of provoking further U.S. attacks.

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