Coalition Task Force comments on Iraq base attacks, Operation Inherent Resolve

A U.S. Army Soldier provide armed overwatch at the U.S. Embassy Compound in Baghdad, Iraq, Photo Date: 1/1/2020 (Adrian Weale / DoD via MGN)
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) 2,400 Troops from Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska were recently deployed overseas as a part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Major Charlie Dietz, Public Affairs Officer with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Wainwright, made the following comments about the attacks, "We knew this was coming and we were prepared. For the past several hours there was strong intelligence passed down to us that indicated an attack may be headed towards Al Asad Air Base in Anbar, Iraq. We had rehearsals previously to ensure everyone knew where they were going for safety and the intelligence even provided the expected timeframe that they would come."

After two bases in Iraq were attacked, with missiles that originated in Iran, the Coalition Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve released the following statement:

“Our first priority is protecting all Coalition personnel committed to the defeat of Daesh. [D.A.E.SH is a transliteration of the Arabic acronym formed of the same words that make up I.S.I.S in English: 'Islamic State in Iraq and Syria', or 'al-dowla al-islaamiyya fii-il-i’raaq wa-ash-shaam'.] Repeated rocket attacks over the last two months by elements of Kata'ib Hezbollah have caused the death of Iraqi Security Forces personnel and a U.S. civilian. As a result we are now fully committed to protecting the Iraqi bases that host Coalition troops. This has limited our capacity to conduct training with partners and to support their operations against Daesh and we have therefore paused these activities, subject to continuous review. We remain resolute as partners of the Government of Iraq and the Iraqi people that have welcomed us into their country to help defeat ISIS. We remain ready to return our full attention and efforts back to our shared goal of ensuring the lasting defeat of Daesh.”

According to information released by the Associated Press the Pentagon is confirming that Iran has launched ballistic missiles at two targets hosting U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq.

Defense Department spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement that “more than a dozen" ballistic missiles have been fired from Iran at two Iraqi military bases.

“It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil,” read the statement.

Hoffman said the U.S. is “working on initial battle damage assessments."

There was no immediate word on injuries.

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