On the night of January 8, at around 2:00 a.m. local time, Iran carried out an attack on the Iraqi anti-Daesh coalition base of Al-Asad and that at Idlib airport, targeting people infrastructure near US troops using ballistic missiles. The number of missiles used varies between 15 and 20 depending on the source, but at least 10 of them hit the Al-Asad base, and one missile hit the tarmac at Idlib airport. It seems that at least 4 missiles would have been damaged following malfunctions. For the time being, no victim, neither American nor allied, seems to be deplored.
This attack, not only claimed but widely commented on by the Iranian authorities and media with the help of videos showing the launch of the so-called missiles, is presented by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a proportionate and limited response to the American attack of January 3 which cost the life of General Souleimani, whom many in Iran considered to be the No. 3 in the Mullahs' regime. As such, the use of ballistic missiles, and not of a stealth attack by cruise missiles and attack drones as was the case during attack on Saudi oil installations of this autumn, is perfectly revealing of the highly symbolic dimension that these strikes carried.
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