The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched over a dozen ballistic missiles at Ayn al-Assad Air Base in Al Anbar Province and Harir Air Base in the Erbil Province of Iraq early Jan. 8. There have been no confirmed reports of casualties but the US Department of Defense has said that it is "working on initial battle damage assessments."
The ballistic missile strikes come a few days after the US conducted an airstrike Jan. 3 near Baghdad International Airport, killing Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and several prominent Iraqi Shi'a militia leaders. The US government has said that it took a defensive action, as Soleimani was planning an imminent attack, which would have endangered American lives in the Middle East. The US airstrike came following the storming of the US Embassy in Baghdad by Shi'a militias, Dec. 31. The US accused Iran for having orchestrated the attack against its embassy.
The following intelligence alerts provide insight into the situation as it evolves.
Last updated: January 12, 2020 at 12:40 p.m. EST
View WorldAware's Jan. 8 intelligence briefing: Iran's Response to US Airstrike and Regional Security Implications
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Warning Alert | Jan. 15 at 4:46 p.m. EST: Activists plan rally in Washington, DC, US, Jan. 16, following the killing of Iranian military leader in Iraq Jan. 3.
Warning Alert | Jan. 12 at 12:40 p.m. EST: Anti-government demonstrations spread nationwide in Iran, Jan. 12, as protesters demand Ayatollah's resignation. Avoid protests.
Warning Alert | Jan. 11 at 12:56 p.m. EST: Several thousand demonstrators protesting in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 11, demanding Ayatollah's resignation. Heightened security, clashes likely.
Warning Alert | Jan. 10 at 6:40 a.m. EST: UK FCO issues travel advisory urging nationals to avoid all travel to Iran amid US-Iran tensions as of Jan. 10.
Warning Alert | Jan. 9 at 5:20 p.m. EST: Security: Anti-US protesters to march from Punjab Assembly to US Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, starting at 1400 Jan. 12. Avoid the demonstration.
Warning Alert | Jan. 8 at 2:57 p.m. EST: Activists to rally in multiple locations across the US Jan. 9 to protest potential for military conflict with Iran.
Informational Alert | Jan. 8 at 6:48 a.m. EST: FAA restricts US air carriers from operating in airspace over Iraq, Iran, Persian Gulf, and Gulf of Oman as of Jan. 8. Delays possible.
Critical Alert | Jan. 7 at 10:42 p.m. EST: Increased security, airspace restrictions to continue following Iranian missile strikes in Iraq, Jan. 8. Exercise extreme caution.
Warning Alert | Jan. 7 at 7:22 p.m. EST: Iranian forces launch missiles at Ayn al-Assad Air Base in northern Iraq, early Jan. 8. No immediate reports of casualties.
Warning Alert | Jan. 7 at 7:04 p.m. EST: Several Western governments issue travel advisories urging nationals to avoid travel to Iraq, Iran amid US-Iran tensions, as of Jan. 7.
Warning Alert | Jan. 7 at 11:08 a.m. EST: UK and US governments issue updated Turkey advisories as of Jan. 7, warning of possible increased threat against Western institutions.
Warning Alert | Jan. 7 at 7:50 a.m. EST: Activists to protest in UK cities Jan. 8, 9, and 11 to denounce the killing of an Iranian general. Increased security, disruptions likely.
Warning Alert | Jan. 7 at 5:43 a.m. EST: Stampede at Soleimani funeral procession in central Kerman, Iran, leaves at least 35 dead, 48 injured, Jan. 7. Transport disruptions likely.
Warning Alert | Jan. 6 at 1:43 pm. EST: Civic activists protesting in Glasgow, UK, from 1730 Jan. 6. Increased security and localized disruptions likely.
Warning Alert | Jan. 6 at 1:28 p.m. EST: Activists plan rally in Newark, New Jersey, US, Jan. 6, following the killing of Iranian military leader in Iraq Jan. 3.
Warning Alert | Jan. 6 at 12:27 p.m. EST: German authorities warn of increased terrorist threat following Jan. 3 Soleimani killing. Expect increased security near potential targets.
Warning Alert | Jan. 5 at 9:41 p.m. EST: Anti-US protesters plan to march in the Bab al-Yaman area of Sana'a, Yemen, the afternoon of Jan. 6. Clashes possible. Avoid all protests.
Warning Alert | Jan. 5 at 3:27 p.m. EST: Opposing activist groups to rally in front of City Hall in Seattle, Washington, US, Jan. 5. Avoid the area due to possible clashes.
Informational Alert | Jan. 5 at 3:02 p.m. EST: Activists to protest near US Consulate General in Milan, Italy, starting 1700 Jan. 6. Localized traffic disruptions possible.
Warning Alert | Jan. 4 at 5:18 p.m. EST: Activists to protest outside US Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey, starting at 1430 Jan. 5. Localized transport disruptions likely.
Critical Alert | Jan. 4 at 3:19 p.m. EST: Militants target central Baghdad, Balad, and Mosul, Iraq in low-level artillery attacks Jan. 4. At least five persons reported injured.
Warning Alert | Jan. 4 at 8:36 a.m. EST: The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updated its Iran travel advisory Jan. 4., advising against all but essential travel to Iran.
Warning Alert | Jan. 4 at 7:27 a.m. EST: Funeral processions and anti-US rallies likely to persist nationwide in Iran through Jan. 7. Avoid all gatherings.
Warning Alert | Jan. 4 at 4:07 a.m. EST: Hizballah to lead a rally in southern Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 5 to commemorate the recent death of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Warning Alert | Jan. 3 at 6:47 p.m. EST: Airstrikes target two vehicles belonging to Iranian-aligned Shi'a militias, killing at least 6 people near Camp Taji, Iraq early Jan. 4.
Critical Alert | Jan. 3 at 8:45 a.m. EST: US advises nationals to leave Iraq Jan. 3 after killing of Iranian general. Reprisal attacks, associated disruptions likely.
Warning Alert | Jan. 3 at 3:42 a.m. EST: Anti-US protests to take place nationwide across Iran from Jan. 3 following General Qassem Soleimani's death. Avoid all protests.
Critical Alert | Jan. 3 at 2:47 a.m. EST: Reprisal attacks, transport, and business disruptions likely in Iraq after US killing of Iranian general in Baghdad Jan 3.
Warning Alert | Jan. 3 at 2:24 a.m. EST: Increased security, transport, business disruptions, and retaliatory attacks likely after US killing of Iranian general in Baghdad Jan. 3.
Warning Alert | Jan. 2 at 10:49 p.m. EST: Operations at Baghdad Airport resume following reports of disruptions after four projectiles landed near facility.
Warning Alert | Jan. 2 at 5:58 p.m. EST: Baghdad International Airport in Iraq reportedly shuts down after four projectiles impact near the facility. Avoid the area.
Warning Alert | Jan. 1 at 12:56 p.m. EST: US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq suspends all consular operations until further notice as of Jan. 1 following attack against the facility.
Warning Alert | Jan 1 at 5:02 a.m. EST: Anti-US protests persist near the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq Jan. 1. Avoid all demonstrations.
Warning Alert | Dec. 31 at 1:09 p.m. EST: US to deploy extra security forces amid anti-US protests outside its embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 31. Further unrest possible.
Warning Alert | Dec 31 at 6:18 a.m. EST: Hundreds of protesters gather outside the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 31, to condemn US airstrikes on Iran-backed militia.
Warning Alert | Dec 31 at 4:27 a.m. EST: Hundreds of protesters gather outside the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 31, to condemn US airstrikes on Iran-backed militia.
Warning Alert | Dec 30 at 10:20 a.m. EST: Operations at US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, proceeding normally Dec. 30 following media reports of staff evacuation Dec. 29.
Warning Alert | Dec. 29 at 3:51 p.m. EST: US orders departure of government employees from US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Dec. 29. Visa services temporarily suspended.