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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2955

Satellite photos show damage to air base in Iraq hit by Iranian missiles

Iranian missiles damaged or destroyed seven buildings in the part of Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq that houses U.S. military personnel, satellite photographs appear to show.

Two images provided by commercial satellite company Planet Labs Inc., and reviewed by Reuters, show five missile impact points in that part of the base.

The extent of the damage can be gauged by comparing the photographs, taken after Wednesday’s attack, with images from Dec. 25 last year.

At least three of the structures appear to be aircraft maintenance hangers. Some of the buildings or structures have completely disappeared. Only parts of the others remain.

22 missiles were launched on the Ain al-Asad air base that houses U.S.-led coalition troops in the western Anbar province and a base in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil according to the Iraqi military.

Satellite photographs of impact points of Iranian missiles that hit the portion of the Ain al-Asad base hosting American forces indicate that the strikes were deliberately aimed and intended to kill U.S. personnel, said an independent arms control expert.

“They targeted the American portion of the base. They meant to hit it and they did hit it,” said Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.

U.S. President Donald Trump said no Americans were harmed in the strikes, which Iranian said it launched in retaliation for the killing last week in Iraq of an Iranian general.

“No Americans were harmed in last night's attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases,” Trump said in an address to the nation.

- Courtesy - Reuters News Agency

- Asian Tribune –

A collage of two satellite pictures of Al Asad air base in Iraq from December 25, 2019 (L) and January 8, 2020 (R) appear to show recent damage from Iranian air strikes on U.S. military infrastructure Reuters / PlanetLabs
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