An Iranian missile has struck military airbases in Iraq that house US forces, in retaliation for the assassination of Qassem Soleimani.

A reported 22 missiles were launched at the al-Asad and Erbil facilities but it remains unclear as to the extent of the damage and the casualties.

Donald Trump has already downplayed any loss of life, tweeting that assessment of the damage was taking place but it was "so far, so good!"

However, the Iranian state television has claimed that were 80 Americans killed in the attack, while an Iraqi military-run media outlet has reported that no Iraqi's were killed in the strike.

A contradictory statement, reportedly from the Pentagon said:

Iranian missile attack resulted in casualties among Iraqis only.

However, it should be stated that this statement might have been misquoted or taken out of context as the Department of Defense statement does not include any of those lines or has since been edited.

That being said the above tweet has since been widely shared as people are aghast at the lack of consideration and thought into the loss of Iraqi lives, thrown away almost as if it doesn't matter.

As we said, regardless of the validity of the statement the loss of any innocent life should be handled with great care and not reduced to a footnote in a press release.

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