January 8, 2020 / 9:20 PM / 11 days ago

Satellite photos show damage to air base in Iraq hit by Iranian missiles

What appears to be new damage at Al Asad air base in Iraq is seen in a satellite picture taken January 8, 2020. Planet/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Iranian missiles damaged or destroyed seven buildings in the part of Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq that houses U.S. military personnel, satellite photographs appear to show.

Two images provided by commercial satellite company Planet Labs Inc., and reviewed by Reuters, show five missile impact points in that part of the base. tmsnrt.rs/39PJrzZ

The extent of the damage can be gauged by comparing the photographs, taken after Wednesday’s attack, with images from Dec. 25 last year.

At least three of the structures appear to be aircraft maintenance hangers. Some of the buildings or structures have completely disappeared. Only parts of the others remain.

“They targeted the American portion of the base. They meant to hit it and they did hit it,” said Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.

U.S. President Donald Trump said no Americans were harmed in the strikes, which Iranian said it launched in retaliation for the killing last week in Iraq of an Iranian general.

For a graphic on Iran targets U.S. forces, click here

Writing by Timothy Heritage; editing by Mike Collett-White

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