In response to the atrocious assassination of General Qassem Soleimani by US drones near Baghdad International Airport, Iran launched a devastating missile strike, targeting US military facilities.
13 rockets were fired at the US-based Ain al-Assad military base in Iraq’s western Anbar province, where US troops and equipment were stationed, around 1:20 a.m. on January 8, 2020.
Iran’s missile strike on the US facility was unique and unprecedented since no government has openly targeted US troops since World War II.
The terrified Trump administration issued contradictory statements and reports in the wake of an Iranian missile strike.
“EVERYTHING IS GREAT,” said former US President Donald Trump on Twitter as he postponed his press conference. However, footage from the US base after the Iranian missile attack was leaked, and military experts acknowledged that the base had been seriously damaged.
Iranian authorities had made it clear that they had no intention of killing American soldiers, but a large number of US troops stationed in Ain al-Assad were severely wounded, with many of them suffering from concussions. At least nine aircraft were sent to rescue the wounded Americans in the aftermath of the Iranian attack, according to General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC Air Force.
The US administration, on the other hand, established a strict censorship policy in light of the fact that the circumstances plainly demonstrated that by assaulting Ain al-Assad, Iran was able to alter the balance of deterrence, constituting one of Tehran’s strategic achievements in the long-standing conflict with Washington.
Nearly 18 months have elapsed since the Iranian missile strike. Numerous US departments and media sources have released information regarding the event, the most recent of which came from a former Pentagon spokeswoman. According to Alyssa Farah, Trump instructed Pentagon officials to downplay the harm done on US troops after the Iran missile attack or to reveal it later. Moreover, Mrs Farah told The Guardian that the IRGC’s missile attack on Ain al-Assad was “the darkest hour of her life.” Mrs Farah was originally interviewed on the “One Design” podcast, which was hosted by Michael Kasinski, a former CNN reporter, and Richard Diecelala, a former official of British intelligence MI6 (MI-6).
According to Farah, the Trump administration put pressure on the Pentagon after learning the severity of the Ain al-Assad facility’s destruction. “He [Trump] directed us to fabricate evidence that the Iranians were unable to attack our facilities. Trump’s censorship policy, in my opinion, was excessive “Mrs Farh said. Despite Trump’s claims that American troops were “unharmed,” the number of soldiers suffering from severe brain concussions has increased over time. According to Farah, the Pentagon slowly provided information in the days after the missile strike, with increasing reports of US deaths.
Notwithstanding, the White House voiced its disapproval by sending communications such as: “‘Would you revise the report?’ Can you provide updates every ten days, every two weeks, or at the end of the project? The White House did not want us to keep the public informed of our troops’ injuries regularly.”