Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is a question about why Tehran chose the American base of Al Asad specifically to respond to the killing of its leader Qassem Soleimani, the leading Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and did this response come to serve strategic and military purposes to resolve a possible war between the two countries, or came only for revenge and revenge?
The available information indicates that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards decision came from a strategic background rather than a retaliatory one. The American Ain Al Asad base is the second largest air base in Iraq after Balad Air Base. It is also the headquarters of the seventh division in the Iraqi army, as well as it has a capacity of 5,000 soldiers with sheltered military buildings equipped with military barracks and fortified aircraft shelters, as well as amenities such as open and closed Olympic swimming pools, soccer fields, and a cinema.
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In addition, Tehran is well aware of this rule, for its role in the Iran-Iraq war. Three eye swarms of MiG-21s and MiG-25s were subjected to “Ain Al-Asad”, and were subjected to intense air strikes during the Gulf War using laser-guided bombs, to it was occupied by the American forces in 2003 and used as an air base and a major transportation and supply center for the entire period of the American presence in Iraq.
It was also signed by US President Donald Trump to visit her at the end of the year before last, accompanied by his wife Melania Trump to celebrate with the American soldiers at the base on Christmas, and that visit was announced by the White House several hours after Trump left.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards had announced targeting the American base of Al Asad in the Iraqi news province, in retaliation for the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the leading Iranian Revolutionary Guards, after a US attack targeting him a few days ago.
On the other hand, Al-Arabiya channel reported in an urgent news, just now, that the Revolutionary Guards warns the United States of America not to respond to the bombing of Ain Al Asad base in Anbar Province, Iraq.
And 10 missiles fell on the base of Ain Al-Asad, which hosts American forces in Anbar province, western Iraq, and an explosion was heard in the city of Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.
In contrast, the Pentagon said, that Iran launched more than 10 ballistic missiles at the US military and coalition forces in Iraq.
The Pentagon also said, “We are working on the first assessment of the damage caused by the attack … We will take all necessary measures to protect and defend American soldiers, American partners and allies in the region”.