…which is what happened today, according to Iran and, also, apparently, the Defense Department.
Multiple missiles have been launched at Iraq from Iran targeting American military facilities, according to a U.S. official.
“This morning, courageous fighters of the IRGC’s Air Force launched a successful operation called Operation Martyr Soleimani, with the code ‘Oh Zahra’ by firing tens of ground-to-ground missiles at the base of the terrorist and invasive U.S. forces,” the country’s state-run news outlet ISNA reported.
A U.S. official confirms to ABC News that ballistic missiles have been fired from inside Iran at multiple U.S. military facilities inside Iraq on Wednesday morning, local time. The facilities include Erbil in northern Iraq and Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq, the official said.
“We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq,” according to a statement from White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham. “The President has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.”
This probably won’t end well for Iran. No, let’s rephrase that. This definitely won’t end well for Iran.
The last time the Iranians attempted a direct attack like this on American forces, or at least the last time it happened when they did it with an American president in office who had the kind of attitude toward foreign aggression that Trump does, it was 1988 and Ronald Reagan was president.
Let’s revisit what happened then, shall we? We’ll just consult Wikipedia to find out more about Operation Praying Mantis…
Operation Praying Mantis was an attack on 18 April 1988, by U.S. forces within Iranian territorial waters in retaliation for the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf during the Iran–Iraq War and the subsequent damage to an American warship.
On 14 April, the guided missile frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts struck a mine while deployed in the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Earnest Will, the 1987–88 convoy missions in which U.S. warships escorted reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers to protect them from Iranian attacks. The explosion blew a 4.5 m (15-foot) hole in the Samuel B. Roberts‘s hull and nearly sank it. The crew saved their ship with no loss of life, and the Samuel B. Roberts was towed to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 16 April. After the mining, U.S. Navy divers recovered other mines in the area. When the serial numbers were found to match those of mines seized along with the Iran Ajr the previous September, U.S. military officials planned a retaliatory operation against Iranian targets in the Persian Gulf.
According to Bradley Peniston, the attack by the U.S. helped pressure Iran to agree to a ceasefire with Iraq later that summer, ending the eight-year conflict between the Persian Gulf neighbors.
On 6 November 2003, the International Court of Justice ruled that “the actions of the United States of America against Iranian oil platforms on 19 October 1987 (Operation Nimble Archer) and 18 April 1988 (Operation Praying Mantis) cannot be justified as measures necessary to protect the essential security interests of the United States of America.” However, the International Court of Justice dismissed Iran’s claim that the attack by United States Navy was a breach of the 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two countries as it only pertained to vessels, not platforms.
This battle was the largest of the five major U.S. surface engagements since the Second World War, which also include the Battle of Chumonchin Chan during the Korean War, the Gulf of Tonkin incident and the Battle of Dong Hoi during the Vietnam War, and the Action in the Gulf of Sidra in 1986. It also marked the U.S. Navy‘s first exchange of anti-ship missiles with opposing ships and the only occasion since World War II on which the US Navy sank a major surface combatant.
By the end of the operation, U.S. air and surface units had sunk, or severely damaged, half of Iran’s operational fleet.
So that was the Iranian Navy. This was the Iranian Air Force.
What’s a good bet here? If we had to guess, we’d say it would be a really terrible idea to be anywhere near any facility the Iranian Air Force operates – because what President Trump is going to do will be to order the destruction of as many of their installations as can be hit in the next, say, 48 hours. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he went after the head of the Iranian Air Force, either.
It’s not a proportional response. Trump isn’t about proportional responses. He’s about disproportional responses, which give unmistakable indications of resolve and provide an undeniable message to the other side: you can’t handle us when you make us angry, and we are getting angry.
What you’re going to hear from the chattering classes and Trump’s enemies now is that the attack on Qassem Soleimani was a mistake and this is proof. Particularly if any Americans were killed in today’s missile strikes. That will be as stupid as it is predictable; for some reason, nobody seems to recognize Iran has considered itself at war with us for the last 40 years, and American restraint, or, in the case of the Obama administration, appeasement, has not produced better relations or behavior from them.
Who, among you reading this, are aware that Iran is now involved in EIGHTEEN different military conflicts around the world? That’s what giving them $150 billion in payoff money to get a worthless nuclear deal produced.
This is a rogue, barbarian regime that will never stop trying to provoke a war with not just America, but the rest of the West and, for that matter, everybody who isn’t a Shiite Muslim. The key to getting better behavior from them is making them understand it’s a bad idea to do so.
Initial reports do not report any deaths or injuries (very preliminary). My guess is that Iran, of course, had to do SOMETHING. They’ve already stated they don’t want a response for whatever they do to calm the issue. If their attack did little damage and killed no one, then this could be a face-saving effort. I can’t see any other reason why they would so boldly launch the rockets from Iran itself.
@Deplorable Me: It is all about the propaganda, look we are not afraid.
Its the response I am waiting for.
Right on cue they’ve already started. First they mourned the loss of the terrorist general who had a hand in killing and wounding hundreds of Americans and now they are blaming us as our troops are being hit by missiles. Disgusting lowlife treasonous pieces of shit.
Iran is reporting that, “We are done,” retaliating over Soleimani’s death.
Iraq reports that Iran shot exactly 22 missiles into Iraq and caused NO casualties.
America agrees that none were hurt.
Pres Trump addresses the nation this AM.
@Nan G: They say they fired 22, we say 15. Damage assessment continues, but apparently nothing so terrible as to be mentioned early. NO casualties. So, Iran is sending one of two messages.
One, they are saying they want to quit before they get stomped into the dirt. “We are Muslim, so we have to strike back but, look, we PURPOSELY didn’t do any damage, so, come on, PLEASE don’t destroy our oil production capabilities. Let’s talk.”
OR, they are saying they are so incompetent and inept, they can only get 22 missiles off the ground, 7 of which don’t even clear the border, and we are incapable of hitting ANY targets.
I think Trump will cock the hammer back one more click, keep the barrel pointed at the Ayatollah’s head, and tell Iran they better get back to the negotiating table and stop this petty shit, or ELSE.
Do you remember when an “earthquake” hit North Korea and killed all 32 foreign nuclear experts living near a nuclear research facility?
This AM an “earthquake” hit Iran near a nuclear facility!
We have unarmed supersonic lance weapons that pierce the ground 30 feet deep and more before causing a huge disruption of the ground, just looks like an earthquake.
I wonder what happened to the 737 that went down in Iran. They say they won’t turn over the black boxes to Boeing; what are they hiding?
It’s Ukraine Air and the Ukrainians are scrubbing all news reports that earlier said it was an engine failure explosion just after take off.
Coordination to get some story straight?
Goooood Morning looks like we survived the devastating Iranian vengence, still no reports of casualties, outside of Iran from a plane crash.
1 hour and Trump will address the Nation.
What a difference it is between having an actual leader in the White House instead of an Iranian tool.
And last night, when VP Pence called Piglosi to advise her on the Iranian situation, she told her aide she would call the VP back.
She called him back after his attempted to talk to her.
Then she tweeted out her deep concern about the situation all the while partying at a tony D.C. restaurant.
Nancy Piglosi needs to be impeached for her failure to do her job.
@retire05: She was probably in mid-gulp from a tumbler of taxpayer-funded whisky. She couldn’t talk to Pence slurring her words more than usual. So, she had one of her winged monkeys tweet out some stupidity for the consumption of her stupid constituency.
Nice Statement by our POTUS invitation to Iran to be good and cease its terrorist activities enabled by the billions that were given to them.
Much to the disappointment of those that drooled for WW3, it aint happening. Trump has simply said no.
How the MSM will twist this to try to make Trump look bad we need to check the Onion, Babylon Bee or Vox.
I celebrate clink clink of coffee cups this early in the morning.
@kitt: Trump has told Iran, “if you want war, we’ll make war, and you won’t like it. If you want peace, act like human beings.”
It is totally up to them. In addition, Trump should go to Congress and get a vote on retaliation if Iran or their proxies (who they’ve PROVED they totally control) attack any US interests. Let’s get Democrats on the record to be for or against peace.