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US officials: A few hours before the Iranian attack, the U.S. military received an early warning from Iraq "We were informed and told by the Iraqi people that this was several hours ahead."
On the 9th local time, a senior U.S. military official told the Washington Post that they knew on the afternoon of the 7th (US time) that Iran planned to attack the US military target in Iraq, but it was not clear at the time which target they would choose.
A number of U.S. military officials said that in addition to traditional intelligence sources, the U.S. military received early warning from Iraq, thereby learning about Iran's intention to launch an attack a few hours ago.
At the same time, Senator Graham said the zero-injury result made the US government clearly aware that the Iranian public display of force is mainly to save face at home. But Iranian state-run television has reported that the attack killed 80 US "terrorists" and destroyed multiple helicopters and drones.
"Washington Post": U.S. forces were informed several hours before the attack. On the morning of the 9th local time, Trump issued a statement on Iran ’s attack on U.S. military bases. He said that during the Iranian air strike, no Americans were injured and only military base facilities were affected "Minor" damage. "Because the early warning system worked well, we took early evacuation measures, and there were no casualties in the United States or Iraq."
A defense official told the Washington Post that Trump's "early warning system" was a military radar network, but at least two intelligence sources had prepared the United States for time.
The first is the Iraqi people's early warning of US forces. "We know that it was Iraqis who told us that this was several hours ahead of time," a senior government official said.
The official said, "We received intelligence several hours in advance that Iranians were trying to attack military bases," which gave commanders sufficient time to allow U.S. forces to enter the base's security positions. According to the official, prior to the attack, troops stationed in the Iraqi base were ordered to enter bunkers, put on protective gear, and were told to "evacuate in place". They stayed in the bunker for several hours until the attack was over.
Another official said some troops had left Assad Air Base in western Iraq before the attack. An Iranian air strike struck a military facility in Al-Assad base and in Erbil in northern Iraq.
It is unclear whether the early warning information in Iraq came from personal transmission or interception of communication information. However, CNN has reported that Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul Mehdi said in a statement that Iraq had received "official verbal information" from Iran at midnight (local time) shortly before Iran ’s air strikes at US military bases.
Another source of warning from the original screenshot is the technical means of what Trump calls an “early warning system”.
According to the Washington Post, a Western official confirmed that shortly after Iran's missile launch, U.S. military satellites detected and alerted allies.
In addition, US officials have reminded reporters that Iran is planning to launch an attack at 4 pm (US time) on the 7th, which is exactly one hour before Iran ’s actual air strike.
US officials: Iranian attack to save face Sen. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham tells The Washington Times that the military has reported to Trump an assessment of the damage to the attack, that is, no American died in the attack or Injured. He said the zero-injury result made the U.S. government clearly aware that Iran's public display of force is mainly for a show of force for domestic purposes.
However, the Iranian state-run television station claimed that Iran fired "15 missiles" at the US military, and at least 80 US "terrorists" were killed and 200 were injured at the US Assad base. The news was confirmed by Fars News Agency.
Another senior government official interviewed said Trump told them that he did not want to go to war with Iran and that he wanted to find a way to ease the tension, and that with no American casualties, the road to negotiations with Iran is now open.
Although U.S. forces are highly alert in the area after the air strike, there are still concerns that Iran may continue to use "agents" and other means to launch attacks. But he said, "We actually think that the situation will be de-escalation." The fact that the Iranian attack did not cause U.S. military casualties can not only make Iran face-saving, but also provide an opportunity for both sides. Opportunity to retreat from the brink of war.
However, whether Iran will continue to use the "agent" attack, other US media have different views. The New York Times reported on the 7th that Iran's supreme leader, Khamenei, ordered that retaliation must be carried out by the Iranian military, rather than using "agents" to conduct direct and proportionate attacks on US interests. Shortly after the report, the Iranian military launched a missile attack directly on a US military base.
In addition, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards threatened on the 8th that Iran will attack Dubai in the UAE and Haifa in Israel in the "third round", and even vaguely implied that it would create attacks in the United States.
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