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Breaking: Rocket Attack On Iraqi Base Housing U.S. Troops | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

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>> WE HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS >> WE HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS RELATING TO THE TOPIC WE WERE RELATING TO THE TOPIC WE WERE JUST DISCUSSING JUST DISCUSSING WE HAVE A QUOTE FROM A US WE HAVE A QUOTE FROM A U

S MILITARY OFFICIAL SAYING AN MILITARY OFFICIAL SAYING AN AMERICAN AIR BASE IN IRAQ HAS AMERICAN AIR BASE IN IRAQ HAS NOW TAKEN TWO ROUNDS OF ROCKETS NOW TAKEN TWO ROUNDS OF ROCKETS WE CAN’T YET STATE WHETHER THERE WE CAN’T YET STATE WHETHER THERE ARE ANY REPORTED CASUALTIES ARE ANY REPORTED CASUALTIES

THERE ARE IMMEDIATE QUESTIONS THERE ARE IMMEDIATE QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THIS MAY OR MAY NOT ABOUT HOW THIS MAY OR MAY NOT RELATE RELATE THE ONGOING AND ESCALATING THE ONGOING AND ESCALATING CRISIS WITH IRAN COMING JUST CRISIS WITH IRAN COMING JUST DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP DAYS AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP AUTHORIZED THE DEADLY STRIKE ON AUTHORIZED THE DEADLY STRIKE ON IRANIAN GENERAL SOLEIMANI IRANIAN GENERAL SOLEIMANI YOU’VE SEEN FOOTAGE OF HIM HERE

YOU’VE SEEN FOOTAGE OF HIM HERE I CAN READ AS WELL FROM A I CAN READ AS WELL FROM A REPORTER, AND BOTH OF YOU ARE REPORTER, AND BOTH OF YOU ARE LEARNING THIS BREAKING NEWS AS LEARNING THIS BREAKING NEWS AS WE ARE WE ARE BUT REPORTER ZEKE MILLER QUOTING BUT REPORTER ZEKE MILLER QUOTING FROM AN AP LEAD SAYING IRAN FROM AN AP LEAD SAYING IRAN STATE TV — CONSIDER THE SOURCE, STATE TV — CONSIDER THE SOURCE, BUT IRAN STATE TV SAYS TEHRAN BUT IRAN STATE TV SAYS TEHRAN HAS LAUNCHED SOME OF THESE HAS LAUNCHED SOME OF THESE SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES IN IRAQ, SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES IN IRAQ, WHERE THERE ARE STILL US

WHERE THERE ARE STILL US TROOPS STATIONED TROOPS STATIONED MARGARET, WE ALSO KNOW THAT, MARGARET, WE ALSO KNOW THAT, ALTHOUGH THE UNITED STATES HAS ALTHOUGH THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN DISCLAIMING ANY SUDDEN BEEN DISCLAIMING ANY SUDDEN CHANGES THERE, JUST GETTING SOME CHANGES THERE, JUST GETTING SOME OF THIS AS WE TALK, ALTHOUGH THE OF THIS AS WE TALK, ALTHOUGH THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN UNITED STATES HAS BEEN DISCLAIMING ANY SUDDEN CHANGES DISCLAIMING ANY SUDDEN CHANGES THERE, THERE WAS AT LEAST THE THERE, THERE WAS AT LEAST THE INITIAL VOTE BY THE IRAQI INITIAL VOTE BY THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT TO TRY TO EXPEL THE PARLIAMENT TO TRY TO EXPEL THE U

S TROOPS US TROOPS

MARGARET AND MIKE, OBVIOUSLY MARGARET AND MIKE, OBVIOUSLY STAY WITH ME STAY WITH ME OUR NBC ANALYST, FORMER GENERAL OUR NBC ANALYST, FORMER GENERAL BARRY McCAFFREY JOINS US BY BARRY McCAFFREY JOINS US BY PHONE PHONE YOUR REACTION TO THIS BREAKING YOUR REACTION TO THIS BREAKING NEWS STORY, SIR? NEWS STORY, SIR? >> WELL, THE BOTTOM LINE IS YOU >> WELL, THE BOTTOM LINE IS YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF HAVE TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF MISSILES ARE BEING FIRED AT THE MISSILES ARE BEING FIRED AT THE AIR BASE

AIR BASE THEY’RE UNDER ALMOST CONSTANT THEY’RE UNDER ALMOST CONSTANT INTERMITTENT ATTACK IN BOEGTTH I INTERMITTENT ATTACK IN BOEGTTH I AND AFGHANISTAN AND AFGHANISTAN FORTUNATELY THE US

HAS PUT IN FORTUNATELY THE US HAS PUT IN SOME TECHNOLOGY THAT WE BORROWED SOME TECHNOLOGY THAT WE BORROWED FROM THE US NAVY AND MOST OF FROM THE U

S NAVY AND MOST OF THESE, INCLUDING MAR TAR ROUNDS, THESE, INCLUDING MAR TAR ROUNDS, ARE ACTUALLY DESTROYED BEFORE ARE ACTUALLY DESTROYED BEFORE THEY HIT THE GROUND THEY HIT THE GROUND YOU MENTIONED SURFACE-TO-AIR YOU MENTIONED SURFACE-TO-AIR

I’M SURE YOU MEANT I’M SURE YOU MEANT SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILES SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILES IF THEY’RE BEING FIRED OUT OF IF THEY’RE BEING FIRED OUT OF IRAN, THAT’S A GAME-CHANGER, IRAN, THAT’S A GAME-CHANGER, BECAUSE THEN THERE WILL BE BECAUSE THEN THERE WILL BE BIGGER WARHEADS BIGGER WARHEADS SOME OF THESE MISSILES THEY SOME OF THESE MISSILES THEY FIRE, 107 MILLIMETER ARE NOT TOO FIRE, 107 MILLIMETER ARE NOT TOO BAD

BAD THE BIG ONES, 122 MILLIMETER AND THE BIG ONES, 122 MILLIMETER AND UP ARE REALLY SCARY UP ARE REALLY SCARY SO I’LL LISTEN UP FOR TECHNICAL SO I’LL LISTEN UP FOR TECHNICAL EVALUATION, WHICH WILL HAPPEN EVALUATION, WHICH WILL HAPPEN VERY QUICKLY VERY QUICKLY

THEY’LL KNOW WHAT KIND OF THEY’LL KNOW WHAT KIND OF MISSILE IT WAS MISSILE IT WAS AND IF IT’S FIRED OUT OF IRAN, AND IF IT’S FIRED OUT OF IRAN, THEN WE’VE GOT A GAME-CHANGER IN THEN WE’VE GOT A GAME-CHANGER IN PROGRESS PROGRESS >> AND APPRECIATE YOUR POINT >> AND APPRECIATE YOUR POINT THERE

THERE THAT IS INDEED THAT IS INDEED SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILES SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILES SO LET ME REPEAT THAT AND THANK SO LET ME REPEAT THAT AND THANK THE GENERAL FOR THAT POINT THE GENERAL FOR THAT POINT

SURFACE-TO-SURFACE SURFACE-TO-SURFACE STAY WITH ME, GENERAL STAY WITH ME, GENERAL OUR VIEWERS HAVE COME TO RELY ON OUR VIEWERS HAVE COME TO RELY ON JOINING ME BY PHONE ON THE JOINING ME BY PHONE ON THE BREAKING STORY, WHICH AGAIN IS BREAKING STORY, WHICH AGAIN IS LIMITED INFORMATION AT THIS LIMITED INFORMATION AT THIS POINT

POINT BUT THE REPORT OF THE ROCKET BUT THE REPORT OF THE ROCKET ATTACK THERE IN IRAQ, IN A PLACE ATTACK THERE IN IRAQ, IN A PLACE THAT HOUSES US TROOPS THAT HOUSES U

S TROOPS AMAN, YOUR VIEW? AMAN, YOUR VIEW? >> SO ARI, THIS WAS SOMETHING >> SO ARI, THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT IT’S SAFE TO SAY THE ENTIRE THAT IT’S SAFE TO SAY THE ENTIRE REGION WAS BRACING FOR ON A FEW REGION WAS BRACING FOR ON A FEW DIFFERENT LEVELS DIFFERENT LEVELS ONE, THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT OVER ONE, THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS THE GULF THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS THE GULF COUNTRIES, THE PERSIAN GULF COUNTRIES, THE PERSIAN GULF COUNTRIES WERE ANTICIPATING A COUNTRIES WERE ANTICIPATING A RESPONSE BY IRAN INTO THEIR RESPONSE BY IRAN INTO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, SO TO SPEAK

NEIGHBORHOOD, SO TO SPEAK THERE WERE A FEW SCENARIOS THAT THERE WERE A FEW SCENARIOS THAT WERE MAPPED OUT WERE MAPPED OUT THE SAUDI DEPUTY DEFENSE THE SAUDI DEPUTY DEFENSE MINISTER, THE CROWN PRINCE’S MINISTER, THE CROWN PRINCE’S YOUNGER BROTHER WAS IN YOUNGER BROTHER WAS IN WASHINGTON, DC

YESTERDAY WASHINGTON, DC YESTERDAY PRECISELY FOR THIS TYPE OF PRECISELY FOR THIS TYPE OF SCENARIO SCENARIO HE WAS MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF HE WAS MEETING WITH MEMBERS OF THE NSA, HAD A BRIEF MEETING THE NSA, HAD A BRIEF MEETING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ONE ON ONE, WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP ONE ON ONE, AND ALL OF IT RESOLVED AROUND AND ALL OF IT RESOLVED AROUND WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN THE EVENT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN THE EVENT THAT IRAN RESPONDED

THAT IRAN RESPONDED THEY GAMD OUT A FEW SCENARIOS, THEY GAMD OUT A FEW SCENARIOS, INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY THAT INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY THAT IRAN WOULD ATTACK DIRECTLY, AS IRAN WOULD ATTACK DIRECTLY, AS OPPOSED TO THROUGH PROXIES OPPOSED TO THROUGH PROXIES IN THE LAST 72 HOURS OR SO, THE IN THE LAST 72 HOURS OR SO, THE RHETORIC COMING FROM IRAN MADE RHETORIC COMING FROM IRAN MADE CLEAR THAT IRAN WOULD TAKE CLEAR THAT IRAN WOULD TAKE OWNERSHIP, WOULD TAKE SOME KIND OWNERSHIP, WOULD TAKE SOME KIND OF OWNERSHIP OF WHATEVER THAT OF OWNERSHIP OF WHATEVER THAT RESPONSE WAS GOING TO BE RESPONSE WAS GOING TO BE

AND THAT CERTAINLY IS WHAT WE’RE AND THAT CERTAINLY IS WHAT WE’RE SEEING TONIGHT, BECAUSE WE’RE SEEING TONIGHT, BECAUSE WE’RE GETTING CONFIRMATION NOT ONLY GETTING CONFIRMATION NOT ONLY FROM THE OFFICIAL IRANIAN NEWS FROM THE OFFICIAL IRANIAN NEWS AGENCY, WHICH IS THE STATE NEWS AGENCY, WHICH IS THE STATE NEWS AGENCY, VERY CLOSELY ALIGNED AGENCY, VERY CLOSELY ALIGNED WITH THE GOVERNMENT THERE WITH THE GOVERNMENT THERE PRETTY MUCH THE MOUTHPIECE OF PRETTY MUCH THE MOUTHPIECE OF THE GOVERNMENT, BUT ESSENTIALLY THE GOVERNMENT, BUT ESSENTIALLY THAT IT WAS THE IRANIAN THAT IT WAS THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT THAT LAUNCHED THE GOVERNMENT THAT LAUNCHED THE MISSILES INTO THE NORTHERN AIR MISSILES INTO THE NORTHERN AIR BASE THERE IN IRAQ BASE THERE IN IRAQ AN AIR BASE THAT I BELIEVE AN AIR BASE THAT I BELIEVE PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITED LAST PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITED LAST YEAR ON HIS SURPRISE VISIT TO YEAR ON HIS SURPRISE VISIT TO THE BATTLE ZONE

THE BATTLE ZONE SO THIS IS A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT SO THIS IS A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT ON TWO FRONT DEVELOPMENT ON TWO FRONT ONE, AS WE ASSESS THE DAMAGE, AS ONE, AS WE ASSESS THE DAMAGE, AS WE ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT THERE WE ASSESS WHETHER OR NOT THERE WERE ANY CASUALTIES, AND WERE ANY CASUALTIES, AND CERTAINLY WE’LL FIND OUT MORE CERTAINLY WE’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THAT IN THE COMING HOURS, ABOUT THAT IN THE COMING HOURS, WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IS THAT THE WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IS THAT THE IRANIANS DELIVERED WHAT THEY IRANIANS DELIVERED WHAT THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO DO, SAID THEY WERE GOING TO DO, WHICH IS A DIRECT RESPONSE ON AN WHICH IS A DIRECT RESPONSE ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY TARGET IN THE AMERICAN MILITARY TARGET IN THE REGION REGION

THEY DID NOT SHY AWAY FROM THEY DID NOT SHY AWAY FROM MAKING THAT THE GOAL OF WHAT MAKING THAT THE GOAL OF WHAT THEY SAID THEY SAID INTERESTINGLY, SOME OF THE INTERESTINGLY, SOME OF THE ANALYSTS I’VE BEEN SPEAKING TO ANALYSTS I’VE BEEN SPEAKING TO OVER THE LAST FEW MINUTES HAVE OVER THE LAST FEW MINUTES HAVE SAID THE TIMING OF THIS IS ALSO SAID THE TIMING OF THIS IS ALSO SIGNIFICANT SIGNIFICANT IT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN IT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN COORDINATED OR HAVE HAPPENED COORDINATED OR HAVE HAPPENED AROUND THE SAME TIME THAT AROUND THE SAME TIME THAT GENERAL SOLEIMANI WAS KILLED

GENERAL SOLEIMANI WAS KILLED AND THERE’S SOME SPECULATION AND THERE’S SOME SPECULATION THAT THE NAME OF THE OPERATION THAT THE NAME OF THE OPERATION MAY BE ACTUALLY NAMED AFTER HIM MAY BE ACTUALLY NAMED AFTER HIM SO WE’LL WAIT AND SEE WHEN MORE SO WE’LL WAIT AND SEE WHEN MORE INFORMATION COMES OUT INFORMATION COMES OUT

BUT IN THE INITIAL READ OF WHAT BUT IN THE INITIAL READ OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED OVER THE PAST HAS HAPPENED OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS AND CERTAINLY COUPLE OF DAYS AND CERTAINLY TONIGHT, IT IS IRAN DELIVERING TONIGHT, IT IS IRAN DELIVERING WHAT IT SAID IT WAS GOING TO DO, WHAT IT SAID IT WAS GOING TO DO, WHICH IS AN INITIAL RESPONSE WHICH IS AN INITIAL RESPONSE AS GENERAL McCAFFREY WAS SAYING, AS GENERAL McCAFFREY WAS SAYING, IT IS A BIT OF A GAME-CHANGER, IT IS A BIT OF A GAME-CHANGER, IRAN HAS NOT BEEN KNOWN TO ACT IRAN HAS NOT BEEN KNOWN TO ACT DIRECTLY AGAINST MILITARY DIRECTLY AGAINST MILITARY ASSETS, CERTAINLY NOT AMERICAN ASSETS, CERTAINLY NOT AMERICAN MILITARY ASSETS MILITARY ASSETS THEY’VE USED DRONE ATTACKS AND THEY’VE USED DRONE ATTACKS AND USED PROXIES TO ATTACK OTHER USED PROXIES TO ATTACK OTHER FACILITIES AND OTHER WESTERN FACILITIES AND OTHER WESTERN INTERESTS, BUT THIS WOULD BE THE INTERESTS, BUT THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME IN RECENT MEMORY THAT FIRST TIME IN RECENT MEMORY THAT THE IRANIAN MILITARY HAS THE IRANIAN MILITARY HAS DIRECTLY ENGAGED THE AMERICAN DIRECTLY ENGAGED THE AMERICAN MILITARY WITH THE MILITARY WITH THE SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILES

SURFACE-TO-SURFACE MISSILES THE REGION HAD BEEN BRACING FOR THE REGION HAD BEEN BRACING FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS SOMETHING LIKE THIS WE KNOW A LOT OF THE GULF WE KNOW A LOT OF THE GULF COUNTRIES THAT HOUSE AMERICAN COUNTRIES THAT HOUSE AMERICAN MILITARY BASIS, THE UNITED ARAB MILITARY BASIS, THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND THE FLEET, THE EMIRATES AND THE FLEET, THE CENTRAL COMMAND AT THE AIR BASE, CENTRAL COMMAND AT THE AIR BASE, ALL OF THOSE HAD BEEN PUT ON ALL OF THOSE HAD BEEN PUT ON HEIGHTENED STATE OF ALERT, AS HEIGHTENED STATE OF ALERT, AS WELL AS THE DIPLOMATIC WELL AS THE DIPLOMATIC FACILITIES AS WELL FACILITIES AS WELL

THEY HAD ALL BEEN BRACING FOR THEY HAD ALL BEEN BRACING FOR SPG LIKE THIS SPG LIKE THIS AND THE SPECULATION IS THAT IT AND THE SPECULATION IS THAT IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANY ONE OF THESE COULD HAVE BEEN ANY ONE OF THESE TARGETS TARGETS IT’S INTERESTING TO SEE THAT IT’S INTERESTING TO SEE THAT IRAN HAS GONE AFTER A U

S AIR IRAN HAS GONE AFTER A US AIR BASE OR US

FACILITY INSIDE BASE OR US FACILITY INSIDE IRAQ IRAQ THAT IS OBVIOUSLY WHERE GENERAL THAT IS OBVIOUSLY WHERE GENERAL SOLEIMANI WAS KILLED, BUT IT SOLEIMANI WAS KILLED, BUT IT PUTS THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT PUTS THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT DIRECTLY IN THIS FIGHT BETWEEN DIRECTLY IN THIS FIGHT BETWEEN IRAN AND THE UNITED STATES

IRAN AND THE UNITED STATES SO WE ARE ENTERING DEFINITELY SO WE ARE ENTERING DEFINITELY UNCHARTERED TERRITORY HERE WITH UNCHARTERED TERRITORY HERE WITH THIS DIRECT MILITARY RESPONSE THIS DIRECT MILITARY RESPONSE FROM IRAN ON AN AMERICAN FROM IRAN ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY FACILITY IN THE MIDDLE MILITARY FACILITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST EAST >> AMAN REPORTING ON THIS >> AMAN REPORTING ON THIS BREAKING NEWS, THESE NEW REPORTS BREAKING NEWS, THESE NEW REPORTS OF THIS ROCKET ATTACK ON THE OF THIS ROCKET ATTACK ON THE IRAQI BASE THERE

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