Britain on Wednesday condemned Iran’s missile attacks on Iraqi bases housing coalition military and voiced concern over “reports of casualties” from the strikes.
Recall that an Iranian television had claimed that 80 “American terrorists” had been killed and U.S. helicopters and military equipment damaged in the early hours of Wednesday.
“We condemn this attack on Iraqi military bases hosting Coalition – including British – forces,” said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
“We are concerned by reports of casualties and use of ballistic missiles.” At least two airbases housing United States troops in Iraq were on Wednesday hit by more than a dozen ballistic missiles ostensibly fired by Iranian forces.
The US Department of Defence said two sites in Irbil and Al Asad were hit by the missiles.
The Iranian authorities had promised “huge” retaliation following last Friday’s killing of the country’s military commander, Qasem Soleimani, in a drone strike by US troops in Baghdad.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard confirmed the attack, saying it was in retaliation for the US killing of Soleimani in that drone strike.