The news is out: [The top US general said Wednesday afternoon that his personal assessment is that the Iranian military wanted to “kill personnel,” as well as destroy assets and equipment, when it fired a barrage of missiles at US and coalition forces in Iraq.
The Iranian missile strikes on forces at al-Asad and Irbil, a response to the US drone strike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week, did not result in casualties, and many observers, including Trump administration officials, suspect this was intentional to retaliate without escalation.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has a different view of the situation.
“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. That’s my own personal assessment,” he told reporters Wednesday afternoon, according to Reuters.
“But the analytics is in the hands of professional intelligence analysts,” he added. “So they’re looking at that.”
Iran fired 16 missiles into Iraq, according to the Pentagon: 11 targeted the air base at al-Asad, one was aimed at Irbil, and four failed.]
Seems like everyone is confused and drunk. 20 different explanations of the same event.