U.S. troops stationed at an Iraqi airbase were able to scramble to safety and take cover in bunkers after getting early warnings of the barrage of ballistic missiles Iran launched.
Iran targeted the U.S. late Tuesday by firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing American troops.
The Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq, which Trump visited in December 2018, and the Erbil base in Iraqi Kurdistan were the two bases targeted in the attacks.
A military official has revealed the U.S. had early warnings of the missile launches and were able to the sound the alarms at at least one of the two targeted bases.
Iran targeted the U.S. late Tuesday by firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq housing American troops
Those in harm's way were able to scramble to safety and hide in bunkers during the attack, the official told USA Today.
U.S. troops at the base had been practicing safety drills for some time.
A U.S. official said there were no immediate reports of American casualties although buildings were still being searched.
President Donald Trump tweeted that 'all is well' and 'so far so good' as the damage and casualties continued to be assessed.
Ain al-Asad air base was first used by American forces after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein, and later saw American troops stationed there amid the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
It houses about 1,500 U.S. and coalition forces.
The Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq and the Erbil base in Iraqi Kurdistan were both struck by the missiles on Tuesday at about 5.30pm (EST)
The al-Asad base for American and coalition troops (pictured above in December) was struck by missiles 'clearly launched from Iran', U.S. officials say
The Erbil base in Iraqi Kurdistan, which provides facilities and services to at least hundreds of coalition personnel and CIA operatives, was also hit in the missile attack
About 70 Norwegian troops also were on the air base but no injuries were reported, Brynjar Stordal, a spokesperson for the Norwegian Armed Forces said.
The rockets used in the attack, according to Iranian TV, were Fatteh-110 ballistic missiles,