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Iran launches missiles on military base housing US forces

Iran has launched “dozens” of ballistic missiles on an Iraqi base which hosts US forces after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of an Iranian military general.

The Pentagon has confirmed missiles have been fired at two military bases in Al-Assad.

Iranian State TV described it as Tehran’s revenge operation over the killing of Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has released a statement that “the Government is closely monitoring the unfolding events in Iraq”.

Mr Trump has previously taken to Twitter, threatening retaliation if Iran were to attack any US bases.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds tells Luke Grant the Australian government is closely monitoring the situation.

“The safety and security of Australian personnel is our absolute top priority.

“All ADF and also our diplomatic personnel are safe, and in fact, we’re very pleased that there’s been no reports of deaths at all, either Coalition or Iraqi.”

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Nine News US Correspondent Tim Arvier tells Natalie Peters and Erin Molan the number of casualties are unconfirmed.

“This is a huge test for Trump.

“He has essentially, possibly, painted himself into a bit of a corner here in terms of action.”

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Image: FarsNews Agency