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Iran launches large attack on US-led forces in Iraq

An upgraded version of the short-range surface-to-surface Fateh-110 missile is test fired in 2010 in this photo released by the Iranian Defense Ministry [Vahid Reza Alaei / Iranian Defense Ministry]
Iranian missile, 23 July 2017 [Vahid Reza Alaei/Iranian Defense Ministry]

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Wednesday that it targeted Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq, a facility jointly operated by US and Iraqi forces, with "tens of missiles".

Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps' elite Quds Force, was killed in a US drone strike outside Baghdad airport early Friday.

"In Operation Martyr Soleimani in the early hours of Wednesday, tens of ground-to-ground missiles were fired at the US base and successfully pounded Ain al-Asad Base," the IRGC said in an official statement.

It said the shelling "is merely the beginning of a series of revenge attacks with no deadline for when it ends," it said.

"We warn all allied countries of the US that if attacks are launched from bases in their countries on Iran, they will be a target of military retaliation," it added.

A second wave of missile attacks against American forces in Iraq has begun, Iran's Tasnim News Agency announced.

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