At the same time, halfway across the globe in the White House war room in Washington, D.C., Vice President Pence and the president's national security assistant, O'Brien, and others, finally came.
According to the new york times reported on the 8th, iran's 16 missiles began at 5 p.m. eastern time of 7 p.m. At least 11 of them hit Assad's air base and one hit a facility in Erbil, according to the US Department of Defense.
At least 80 U.S. troops were killed and about 200 wounded, and a large number of drones and helicopters were destroyed, Iranian media previously cited Islamic Revolutionary Guard personnel as saying. But U.S. President Donald Trump said in a televised address at the White House on the morning of the 8th that there were no casualties in the U.S. military and that the base was only minimally damaged.
《 The New York Times, combining the words of a number of U.S. officials, said the U.S. military had been wary of Iran since the attack on Iran's top general, Suleimani, on Wednesday, monitoring the Iranian missile launchers and continuing to listen to Iranian military officials.
《 Washington Post 9, as a precautionary measure, the United States has previously deployed to the Middle East 82nd Airborne Division of about 4,500 soldiers, and the region's existing strength has been reorganized. U.S. troops have also prepared early evacuation plans and reinforced bunkers to protect Assad's air base, currently the largest U.S. presence in Iraq.
At the time of the attack, assad's air base had no \"patriot\" anti-missile system, and the equipment had been deployed to other locations more likely to be the target of iranian retaliation, according to a us defense official.
However, because the intelligence information has been very vague, the United States until the morning of the 7th did not determine when and where Iran will launch the attack, during which Trump also withdrew from the visit of Greek Prime Minister Mizotakis.
The turning point was at 2 p.m. on the 7th. At the time, mr. trump and reporters in the oval office said that if iran moved the wrong hand, it would have serious consequences. The u.s. was ready to launch a missile warning to the downstairs war room, pence and o'brian.
Along with Pence and O'Brien, there were Secretary of State Pompeo, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Mili, Vice President Keith Kellogg, Assistant National Security Services, Acting National Intelligence Director Joseph Maguire, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, CIA Director Gina Haspel and others.
After about two hours of public discussion, White House reporters also began to learn of warnings about the airstrikes. At 4 p.m. on the 7th, there were also reports of an attack on Taj airbase in northern Baghdad. The U.S. Embassy in Iraq and the U.S. military base in Iraq immediately entered emergency evacuation. An hour later, Iranian missiles crossed over their bunkers.
In the U. S. government's view, the reason why the U. S. military can use such a \"empty city plan\" is mainly related to the effectiveness of the early warning system. The United States has a huge radar and satellite surveillance network, which has been established and developed since the 1960s to achieve immediate capture of missile launch dynamics and predict missile trajectory, according to Wired.
The network's prediction of iran's ballistic missiles was particularly accurate, even if only a few minutes from the launch to hit the target, but it was enough to evacuate the target to the bunker. Moreover, in the air raid, the U. S. troops have been ready to evacuate hours ahead of schedule.
Range of Iranian missiles,1-8 Shahab-1, Fateh-110, Shahab2, Zolfaghar, Qiam-1, Shahab-3, Sejjil, Soumar, Shahab and Fateh are \"meteors\" and \"conquerors\" sources: CNBC
However, some believe that the \"zero casualties\" of the u. s. military is the result of luck. Iraq, for its part, said it had delivered a \"verbal warning\" by the Iranian side that the air strikes were \"or are about to begin \". U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper denied it, saying it was the U.S. military who tried to warn Iraq in time.
Some u. s.officials believe the \"zero casualties\" were due to iran's intent to avoid a crowded area of u. s.military in search of a de-escalation. After all, even mr. trump said iran \"seems to be stopping \"and amir ali hajizadeh, commander of the islamic revolutionary's air force, said the air strikes were aimed primarily at base facilities, not american soldiers.
But neither Pence nor Miley agrees. Pence said on the 9th, from the intelligence point of view, Iran fired missiles is intended to kill U.S. troops. Mili also stressed on the 8th that iran used a missile warhead weighing 500 to 1000 kg, powerful,\" I think they are deliberately destroying the base's buildings, vehicles, equipment and aircraft and killing people there.\"