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Iran minister: Short range missiles used in US attack

In this Nov. 8, 2017, file photo, U.S. Marines are stationed in Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq. Iran struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general early Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, firing a series of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops in a major escalation that brought the two longtime foes closer to war. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)
In this Nov. 8, 2017, file photo, U.S. Marines are stationed in Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq. Iran struck back at the United States for the killing of a top Iranian general early Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, firing a series of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops in a major escalation that brought the two longtime foes closer to war. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File) (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s defense minister said Wednesday US bases in Iraq were hit with Iranian domestically-made, short range missiles. President Trump is expected to give a statement about the attack at 9 a.m. Wednesday. On Twitter, the president said there were no American casualties.

General Amir Hatami said that the US had taken measures to prevent casualties, knowing that Iran would be taking revenge for the killing of its top General in a US drone strike last week.

“Of course those preparations didn’t help them stop the missiles from hitting (the targets), but they had certainly taken measures to prevent casualties, we need some time to see what has happened there,” Hatami told Iranian TV.

Iran struck back at the United States early Wednesday for killing General Qassem Soleimani, firing a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq that house American troops in a major escalation between the two longtime foes.

It was Iran’s most direct assault on America since the 1979 seizing of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

US and Iraqi officials said there were no immediate reports of casualties, though buildings were still being searched. The Iraqi government later confirmed there were no casualties among Iraqi forces.