Iran launches large attack on US-led forces in Iraq, Pentagon says

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Iran supreme leader says 'slap in face' delivered to US after missile attack

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against us military and coalition forces in Iraq.

"We are concerned by reports of casualties and use of ballistic missiles".

He added that the "corrupt presence of the United States in the region should come to an end", saying it has caused war, division, and destruction.

The disaster took place hours after Iran launched its missile attack on USA forces.

Iran, which has long said United States forces should leave the Middle East, told Washington after the attacks to withdraw its troops to prevent more deaths and warned U.S. allies including Israel not to allow attacks from their territories.

Syria is Iran's most reliable ally in the region.

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Additionally, "U.S. forces and air-defense missile batteries across the Middle East were placed on high alert overnight Monday to possibly shoot down Iranian drones as intelligence mounted about a threat of an imminent attack against U.S. targets", reported CNN, citing two U.S. officials.

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A source in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) confirmed to ABC News that three missiles were fired at the global airport and adjoining U.S. military base. The bases are Irbil and Al-Asad.

Following the news of the attack, Iranian chief negotiator and chief leader Saeed Jalili reflected President Trump's response to the US airstrike in which senior military leader Qasem Soleimani was killed last week.

Iran's foreign minister wrote on Twitter that the attack was carried out in self-defense after the USA killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani - and that the nation does not want war with America.

The White House said it is aware of the reports.

Mr Trump said, if we leave that would mean that Iran would have a much bigger foothold and the people in Iraq do not want to see Iran running the country. Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps described the move through their Press TV as their revenge for the killing of top Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

"I think we should expect that they will retaliate in some way, shape or form", he told a briefing at the Pentagon.

The foreign minister denied that Iran has control over such groups, and said whatever retaliation they might seek would be separate and apart from Tehran's own.

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