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2020.01.08 09:55

Lithuanian troops unharmed in base targeted by Iran

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LRT.lt, BNS 2020.01.08 09:55

Lithuanian Defence Ministry has confirmed to LRT.lt that no Lithuanian troops were harmed in the Iranian missile strike targeting Al Asad and Erbil bases with US troop presence.

Lithuanian Defence Ministry has confirmed to LRT.lt that no Lithuanian troops were harmed in the Iranian missile strike targeting Al Asad and Erbil bases with US troop presence.

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“Following the nightly shelling, when missiles launched from Iran targeted the US-led coalition bases, Lithuanian [command] has received reports from Lithuanian soldiers that they are safe,” the ministry said in a press release.

Lithuanian troops were stationed in Al Asad base, one of the two sites targeted by Iran, the defence ministry confirmed to LRT.lt.

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Andrius Dilda, PR officer for the Defence Staff, told BNS that six Lithuanian army instructors served at the base in Al Asad that came under fire. They are taking part in the US-led coalition mission Inherent Resolve, training local forces.

"The troops remain in Al Asad as yet," Dilda said.

There were no Lithuanian troops in Erbil base that came under fire, Dilda said. Another nine Lithuanian troops served in another NATO-led mission. Three of them have already been moved to Kuwait, and the rest remain in Baghdad.

Iran launched the strikes in retaliation to the US killing of General Qasem Soleimani near Baghdad earlier this month. In response, the Iraqi parliament voted to end foreign troop presence in the country. Lithuania and other Western states have now halted all military training missions in Iraq.

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