The servicemen left the base or took refuge in bunkers 2.5 hours before the start of rocket fire. Earlier, Fox News reported that Baghdad, who received this data from Tehran, warned the US side of the impending attack.
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US troops at Ain al-Assad airbase in western Iraq knew in advance about Iran’s impending air strike, CNN reported. This allowed them to take refuge in shelters 2.5 hours before the attack, the military told reporters while visiting the facility. The military did not have information about exactly how Tehran will operate.
The first of four rocket salvos began on January 8 after 1:30 local time (coincides with Moscow). By this time, most of the servicemen had either left the base or took refuge in bunkers.
The attack lasted about two hours, strikes were made only on that part of the air base where the US military was located – this is about a quarter of the object. According to the interlocutors of the channel, part of the missiles fell just a few meters from the bunkers in which the military took refuge.
As Fox News previously reported, citing military sources, Iraq warned the military about the attack. According to the interlocutor of the channel, Baghdad received this information from Tehran, which did not want Iraqi citizens to suffer.
Erbil Airport was also shelled on the night of January 8, the Pentagon reported. As stated by US President Donald Trump, no one was injured in the attack, and the bases suffered minimal damage.