Iran intended to kill US personnel in missile attack: US general Mark Milley

Parts of missiles lie in a rural area near the town of Al-Baghdadi after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps targeted Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq.
Parts of missiles lie in a rural area near the town of Al-Baghdadi after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps targeted Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq. PHOTO: HAMZOZ / TWITTER

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Iran's missile attack on Wednesday (Jan 8) had been intended to kill United States personnel as well as cause major damage at Ain al-Asad airbase, the top US military officer said, adding it was still too early to tell if Iran would carry out additional attacks.

"I believe, based on what I saw and what I know, that (the strikes) were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft, and to kill personnel," Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters.

"That's my own personal assessment," he added.

"But the analytics is in the hands of professional intelligence analysts. So they're looking at that."

Gen Milley commended the military commanders on the ground for taking appropriate action to safeguard US personnel.