I’m not an Iran expert. But I am a military analyst. When I see the impact points of Iran’s strike on Asad air base, I don’t see purely symbolic strikes designed to avoid casualties, as some have speculated. The strikes appear to target the base’s military capability. pic.twitter.com/lx4nOTyrO4
— Dara Massicot (@MassDara) January 8, 2020
MilitaryTimes: RT MilitaryTimesOP: Imagery of the damage at al-Asad after Iranian missile strike.
— Nightmare Tactical (@NightmareTac) January 8, 2020
Satellite images depict the damage al-Asad airbase suffered after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missilestargeting two Iraqi bases where U.S. troops are housed on Tuesday.
Although no U.S. casualties have been reported following the strike, Planet Labs Inc. captured photos that indicate multiple structures on al-Asad were damaged as a result, per analysis conducted by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
According to a U.S. defense official, 10 missiles struck al-Asad airbase while another struck Erbil International Airport. Meanwhile, the other missiles that Iran launched failed in flight. Iraq was given a heads up that strikes targeting U.S. positions were imminent, according to Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.
President Donald Trump tweeted last night following the attack that “all is well,” and the Pentagon issued a statement that both installations “have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.” Approximately 5,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Iraq.
Take a look at the images depicting the damage below.