More Than A Dozen Iranian Missiles Launched At U.S. And Coalition Forces In Iraq Iran has launched more than a dozen missiles against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. Initial damage assessments are being conducted.

More Than A Dozen Iranian Missiles Launched At U.S. And Coalition Forces In Iraq

More Than A Dozen Iranian Missiles Launched At U.S. And Coalition Forces In Iraq

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/794396019/794403450" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Iran has launched more than a dozen missiles against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. Initial damage assessments are being conducted.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

And as we said, there have been some significant developments since we recorded that conversation with Ambassador Hook just earlier this evening. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now to discuss those developments.

Hi, Tom.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Hey, Ari.

SHAPIRO: So reports of more than a dozen missiles launched against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. What more do we know?

BOWMAN: Well, they were launched early in the morning in Iraq, and they hit two sites - al-Asad air base in the southwest part of the country, where you have a lot of Americans stationed in Irbil, also in the north, where you also have quite a few American military officials. And the DOD is saying the ballistic missiles were launched from Iran. There's no sense yet of the casualties, no information at this point. They're still doing what they call battle damage assessment on this strike. Iranian TV has said this - obviously, in retaliation for the American drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the Iraqi - I'm sorry - the Iranian Quds Force leader.

SHAPIRO: The top general, when he was in Iraq...

BOWMAN: That's right.

SHAPIRO: ...Late last week. Yeah.

BOWMAN: And so I know Pentagon officials are now meeting behind closed doors to figure out the way ahead. But as you know, President Trump has said if Iran attacks the U.S., he has 52 targets in Iran - 52 for the 52 hostages seized by Iran back in 1979.

SHAPIRO: Just very...

BOWMAN: So it's a developing story. Again, no sense of any U.S. casualties at this point, but we hope to have a little more information tonight.

SHAPIRO: Just very briefly, Tom, there was a relocation of U.S. forces yesterday. Do you know whether they were moved out of harm's way?

BOWMAN: Some were moved to more secure locations in Iraq. A small number were moved outside Iraq to Kuwait, but the bulk of the 5,000 U.S. forces still remain in Iraq.

SHAPIRO: NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman with that breaking news tonight.

Thank you, Tom.

BOWMAN: You're welcome, Ari.

Copyright © 2020 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.