Iran Missile Attacks “intended to kill personnel.”

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On Wednesday, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley revealed that Iran missile attacks on Iraqi bases where U.S. troops were stationed were “intended to kill personnel.”

“In my professional assessment, at al Asad there were, as you know, 16 missiles, 12 impacts; 11 landed at al Asad,” Milley stated. “Points of impact were close enough to personnel and equipment and so on and so forth. I believe based on what I saw, and what I know, is that they were intended to cause structural damage; destroy vehicles, equipment, and aircraft; and to kill personnel.”

The U.S. troops were saved due to being notified about incoming missiles by their warning systems, Defense Secretary Mark Esper explained, “We had a heads-up in the sense that our warning systems and all those things were activated and watching and were able to give us sufficient warning. I’d commend the commander on the ground for all the defensive measures he took to minimize the effects of the missiles, and testimony to that is that we had no casualties.”

In response to the missile strikes, President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday:

“I am pleased to inform you, the American people should be extremely grateful and happy: No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime,” Trump said in his speech. “We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”

“Last week, we took decisive action to stop a ruthless terrorist from threatening American lives,” he added. “At my direction the United States military eliminated the world’s top terrorist, Qassem Soleimani. As the heads of the Quds Force, Soleimani was personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities. He trained terrorist armies, including Hezbollah, launching terrorist strikes against civilian targets. He fueled bloody civil wars all across the region.”