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Iran tensions

Iran fires ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing US troops

Khamenei calls strike 'a slap on the face' of America as White House gauges damage

Iran's state-controlled media said the attack was revenge for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a Jan. 3 drone strike. (Nikkei montage/AP)

WASHINGTON/DUBAI -- Iran fired missiles at bases hosting U.S. troops in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday, Iraqi time, retaliating for the killing of top military commander Qassem Soleimani in an American drone strike near Baghdad's airport last Friday.

The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that Iran launched "more than a dozen ballistic missiles" from its own territory, targeting American and coalition personnel stationed at Ain Al-Asad and Irbil. Iran's state broadcaster also announced the attacks, which came after three days of mourning for Soleimani, whose remains were taken to his hometown of Kerman for burial.

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