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U.S. Received Advanced Warning On Iranian Strike From Iraq: CNN


U.S. Received Advanced Warning On Iranian Strike From Iraq: CNN

Missiles are displayed during an exhibition on the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, as part of the “Sacred Defense Week” commemorating the 8-year war on September 28, 2014 at a park, northern Tehran. (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images).

Iraq gave advance warning to the U.S on “which bases would be hit” by Iran in response to the assassination of Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani, an Arab diplomatic source told CNN on January 5.

According to the source, Iranian officials passed information on which bases will be struck to the Iraqi side, that warned the U.S.

The Arab source’s claims were allegedly confirmed by a U.S. defense official, who told CNN that Iraqis were told by Iran to stay away from certain bases.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi confirmed in a statement that Iran sent Iraq an official verbal message that an attack “had begun or would begin shortly” on U.S. bases in the country. However, he claimed that Tehran didn’t specify which bases will be hit.

In a separate case, CNN tried to present the situation like Iran intentionally chose targets in a way allowing to minimize possible casualties among US forces. MORE ABOUT POSSIBLE US REACTIONS HERE

In the early morning, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched over a dozen of missiles at Ain Assad Air Base in al-Anbar province and the US military HQ near Erbil city.

The attack was a response to the assassination Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani and his comrades by the U.S. earlier this month.

Iran state TV claims that more than 80 U.S. service members were killed in the missile strike. However, the Pentagon has not reported any casualties. The warning provided by Iraq may have allowed Washington to prepare its forces, thus preventing any human losses.

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