U.S. says troops were informed about the Iran missiles attack, as Iran arrest UK Ambassador
Recent reports have confirmed that American and Iraqi troops at the Ain al-Asad military bases, Iraq, were warned before the 1:30am missiles attack by Iran on January 8, 2020. Spokesperson for the U.S. coalition fighting the Islamic State group at the Ain al-Asad base, Col. Myles Caggins, said they were told it was going to by a missile attack.
With the warning, soldiers at the base reportedly took covers in bunkers, at least two hours before the base was hit by missiles.
In a statement, Col. Myles Caggins said: “Worst case scenario — we were told was it’s probably going to be a missile attack. So we were informed of that.”
“There were more than 10 large missiles fired and the impact hit several areas along the airfield,” she added.
The Iran missiles attack had come as retaliation against the United States troops in Iraq, after a U.S. drone strikes killed Iranian Quds forces commander, General Qassem Soleimani on January 3, 2020.
The United States and Iraqi military suffered no casualty in the missiles attack that unfortunately crashed a Ukrainian plane, kilkling 176 persons on board.
In a related development, Iran’s ambassador, Hamid Baeidinejad, has been summoned to UK’s foreign office to explain why UK’s ambassador to Iran was arrested. Iran police arrested UK’s ambassador, Rob Macaire for attending anti-government protest, but Macaire who was arrested and detained briefly said he was attending a vigil for the people who died in the Ukrainian plane that was accidentally shot down by Iran.
A statement from the office of the Prime Minister says the arrest is a serious breach of Diplomatic agreements and that the UK demand s an apology.
by Samuel Udoh