UK forces come under rocket fire from Iran

Defence Secretary Dominic Raab

British forces in Iraq came under fire last night from Iranian missiles.

There were no casualties.

More than 15 rockets were launched towards Ayn al Asad and Erbil – both military bases inside Iraq.

The stations house coalition troops – including UK personnel.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab urged Iran to follow “urgent de-escalation” and not carry out “reckless and dangerous attacks”.

He added: “We condemn this attack on Iraqi military bases hosting Coalition – including British – forces.

“We are concerned by reports of casualties and use of ballistic missiles.

“We urge Iran not to repeat these reckless and dangerous attacks, and instead to pursue urgent de-escalation.

“A war in the Middle East would only benefit Daesh and other terrorist groups.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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