WATCH: Pentagon releases video of Iran ballistic missile assault on Iraq air base

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Mar 1, 2021

The US Defense Department launched aerial surveillance video of a ballistic missile assault launched by Iran early final 12 months on an Iraqi army base utilized by American personnel.

The footage, first aired by CBS News on Sunday, exhibits a barrage of greater than one-ton missiles smashing into upkeep and eating amenities at Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq.

The Iranian assault, which additionally struck a army coalition air base on the Erbil International Airport in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, wounded over 100 US army personnel with concussive accidents. No one was killed. The Pentagon later mentioned some 16 ballistic missiles have been fired, marking an unprecedented show of the Islamic Republic’s typical capabilities.

(US Department of Defense)

Tehran launched the fusillade simply days after US President Donald Trump ordered the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani assassinated in a drone strike in Baghdad.

The de facto chief of Iraq’s pro-Iran militias, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was additionally killed within the strike, together with eight different folks. The assault prompted uproar in Iraq, whose parliament handed a decision calling for US forces to go away the nation.

Trump administration officers claimed the strike was defensive, citing intelligence info that Iran was planning an “imminent attack” on Americans. The United States has by no means made the knowledge public, prompting the United Nation’s particular rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, to name Soleimani’s killing “unlawful” and “arbitrary.”

Iran launched the ballistic warheads at Erbil and Ain al-Asad simply 5 days later. While the Pentagon initially mentioned there have been no casualties, proof of army personnel having sustained mind accidents had emerged inside a day, officers later mentioned.

Hours after the strikes, Iran’s air defenses shot down a civilian passenger jet en path to Kyiv, Ukraine International Airlines flight 752. Iranian officers initially denied accountability however later admitted the incident and mentioned it was a mistake amid heightened tensions with the United States.

Iran-linked militias in Iraq have continued in latest weeks to launch a lot smaller but nonetheless lethal barrages of rockets in opposition to US and Iraqi positions within the nation.

In response, President Joe Biden licensed an airstrike final week on a distant border crossing outpost utilized by native Iran-backed militias.

The bombing marked the primary army strike of Joe Biden’s presidency. It comes as his administration retains up its leverage in an try to rejoin nuclear negotiations with Iran to revive the 2015 JCPOA.