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See the damage at al-Asad airbase following Iranian missile strike

See it: satellite images show rocket damage to Al Asad air base

New satellite images show damaged and destroyed buildings at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq. Iran fired more than a dozen rockets at the base and another target in Iraq as tensions with the U.S. mounted recently. No casualties were reported.

Satellite images depict the damage al-Asad airbase suffered after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting two Iraqi bases where U.S. troops are housed on Tuesday.

Although no U.S. casualties have been reported following the strike, Planet Labs Inc. captured photos that indicate multiple structures on al-Asad were damaged as a result, per analysis conducted by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

According to a U.S. defense official, 10 missiles struck al-Asad airbase while another struck Erbil International Airport. Meanwhile, the other missiles that Iran launched failed in flight. Iraq was given a heads up that strikes targeting U.S. positions were imminent, according to Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi.

President Donald Trump tweeted last night following the attack that “all is well," and the Pentagon issued a statement that both installations “have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region.” Approximately 5,000 U.S. troops are stationed in Iraq.

Take a look at the images depicting the damage below.

Al-Asad airbase before Iran launched missiles targeting the base. (Planet Labs Inc)
Al-Asad airbase before Iran launched missiles targeting the base. (Planet Labs Inc)
Al-Asad airbase in the aftermath of the Iranian missile strike. (Planet Labs Inc, with analysis by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)
Al-Asad airbase in the aftermath of the Iranian missile strike. (Planet Labs Inc, with analysis by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)
The image suggests at least one structure at al-Asad airbase was destroyed. (Planet Labs Inc, with analysis by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)
The image suggests at least one structure at al-Asad airbase was destroyed. (Planet Labs Inc, with analysis by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)
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