New Picture shows Iran’s missile strike on US compound in Iraq

New Picture shows Iran’s missile strike on US compound in Iraq

U.S. Central Command released two minutes of unclassified drone footage Monday that it had provided to the news program showing the attack at al Asad. Tehran launched the barrage in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike days earlier in Baghdad that killed Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of its elite Quds Force.

The surveillance video indicates several missile impacts damaged or destroyed aircraft hangars, office areas, living spaces, gyms, chow halls and other facilities along the base’s flight line.

It was the largest ballistic missile attack ever against Americans, 60 Minutes’ David Martin reported, and it brought the U.S. perilously close to war with Iran.

CENTCOM boss Gen. Frank McKenzie told Martin the strike could have killed up to 150 Americans and destroyed 30 aircraft if the U.S.-led coalition hadn’t taken measures to move people out of harm’s way ahead of time.

“Had Americans been killed it would have been very different,” McKenzie said. “We had a plan to retaliate if Americans died.”

NEW – 10 rockets have hit al-Asad airbase in #Iraq hosting American troops; One civilian contractor dead.

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