Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has named the US military targets hit by Iranian missiles on 7 January in the aftermath of the US killing of a top Iranian military commander.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency, affiliated to the IRGC, claimed that the missiles did not target American fighter aircraft in the attack that wounded 11 US troops.
The main target, the agency said, was the US drone operation and command centre at the Ain al-Asad air base.
Along with the report, Tasnim posted images that it said showed the US base before and after the attack.
According to the news agency, the targets hit by the IRGC included the headquarters of the US’s drone operation, the Apache helicopters’ repair shed and maintenance centre, the Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters’ ramp and hangar, and the ramps used for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotors and Super Hercules aircraft.
“Finally, the Americans have released some news about their casualties, and soon they will announce the damages on US army equipment,” Tasnim said.
Meanwhile, Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, has published an analysis about the possible reasons why US President Donald Trump in his first reaction to Iran’s attack said that no American soldiers had been wounded.
“[The first possibility is that] Trump was fully aware of what happened in Ain al-Asad, but he decided to stay silent to avoid domestic pressure,” IRNA wrote.
“Or, Pentagon officials had given him limited information about the damages, because they were worried about Trump’s reaction and the possible escalation of tensions with Iran.”