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MSNBC 13 Jan 2020

Watch: An Inside Look At What's Left Of Iraqi Air Base Attacked By Iran

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THE MILITARY BASE WHERE AMERICAN FORCES WERE TARGETED BY THE
FORCES WERE TARGETED BY THE IRAN’S MISSILE STRIKES.
IRAN’S MISSILE STRIKES. CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
CHIEF FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT RICHARD ENGEL IS THERE FOR US.
RICHARD ENGEL IS THERE FOR US. >> Reporter: THIS IS THE AIN AL
>> Reporter: THIS IS THE AIN AL ASAD AIR BASE AND IT CAUSED
ASAD AIR BASE AND IT CAUSED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE.
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE. THIS IS ONE OF THE SITES THAT
THIS IS ONE OF THE SITES THAT WAS HIT BY ONE OF THE MISSILES
WAS HIT BY ONE OF THE MISSILES AND THIS IS A CHOW HALL WHERE
AND THIS IS A CHOW HALL WHERE THEY’D HAVE THEIR FOOD,
THEY’D HAVE THEIR FOOD, COMPLETELY OBLITERATED.
COMPLETELY OBLITERATED. IF WE GO AROUND THE CORNER HERE
IF WE GO AROUND THE CORNER HERE WE CAN TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER PART
WE CAN TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER PART OF THIS FACILITY THAT WAS HIT.
OF THIS FACILITY THAT WAS HIT. IT TOOK A LOT MORE DAMAGE.
IT TOOK A LOT MORE DAMAGE. THIS WAS A HOUSING UNIT.
THIS WAS A HOUSING UNIT. ALL OF THESE BOXES, ONE AFTER
ALL OF THESE BOXES, ONE AFTER ANOTHER, THESE WERE HOUSING
ANOTHER, THESE WERE HOUSING UNITS.
UNITS. THEY HOUSED SOLDIERS BUT THEIR
THEY HOUSED SOLDIERS BUT THEIR BEDS, THEIR PERSONAL BELONGINGS,
BEDS, THEIR PERSONAL BELONGINGS, EVERYTHING HAS BEEN INCINERATED.
EVERYTHING HAS BEEN INCINERATED. HAD THE SOLDIERS BEEN IN HERE
HAD THE SOLDIERS BEEN IN HERE AND ABOUT 30 PEOPLE WERE LIVING
AND ABOUT 30 PEOPLE WERE LIVING IN THE DIFFERENT UNITS, THERE
IN THE DIFFERENT UNITS, THERE COULD HAVE BEEN MASS CASUALTIES.
COULD HAVE BEEN MASS CASUALTIES. THE SOLDIERS BELIEVE THEY WOULD
THE SOLDIERS BELIEVE THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED HAD THEY NOT
HAVE BEEN KILLED HAD THEY NOT HAD ADVANCED WARNING.
HAD ADVANCED WARNING. THEY HAD ADVANCED WARNING
THEY HAD ADVANCED WARNING KNOWING THAT SOMETHING WAS
KNOWING THAT SOMETHING WAS COMING.
COMING. THEY WEREN’T SURE WHAT WAS
THEY WEREN’T SURE WHAT WAS COMING BUT THEY KNEW THERE WOULD
COMING BUT THEY KNEW THERE WOULD BE SOME KIND OF ATTACK.
BE SOME KIND OF ATTACK. SO ACCORDING TO U.S.
SO ACCORDING TO U.S. INTELLIGENCE TIP-OFF, SO THEY
INTELLIGENCE TIP-OFF, SO THEY WERE ABLE TO GET INSIDE BUNKERS
WERE ABLE TO GET INSIDE BUNKERS AND RIDE OUT THE ATTACK.
AND RIDE OUT THE ATTACK. NOW, THE ATTACK -- THIS ATTACK
NOW, THE ATTACK -- THIS ATTACK WAS RELATIVELY POPULAR IN IRAN.
WAS RELATIVELY POPULAR IN IRAN. PEOPLE THOUGHT THIS WAS A SYMBOL
PEOPLE THOUGHT THIS WAS A SYMBOL OF IRANIAN STRENGTH.
OF IRANIAN STRENGTH. BY THE WAY, IRANIAN OFFICIALS
BY THE WAY, IRANIAN OFFICIALS SAID THAT THEIR ATTACK WASN’T
SAID THAT THEIR ATTACK WASN’T DESIGNED TO KILL AMERICAN
DESIGNED TO KILL AMERICAN TROOPS.
TROOPS. IT CERTAINLY DOESN’T LOOK THAT
IT CERTAINLY DOESN’T LOOK THAT WAY WHEN YOU HAVE BALLISTIC
WAY WHEN YOU HAVE BALLISTIC MISSILES EXPLODING WHERE U.S.
MISSILES EXPLODING WHERE U.S. TROOPS WERE LIVING.
TROOPS WERE LIVING. BUT IRAN SAID IT WAS A SYMBOLIC
BUT IRAN SAID IT WAS A SYMBOLIC ATTACK AND THIS ATTACK WAS
ATTACK AND THIS ATTACK WAS RECEIVED WITH A LOT OF
RECEIVED WITH A LOT OF POPULARITY.
POPULARITY. A LOT OF NATIONAL SENTIMENT IN
A LOT OF NATIONAL SENTIMENT IN IRAN.
IRAN. IT WAS SEEN AS REVENGE FOR
IT WAS SEEN AS REVENGE FOR KILLING THE IRANIAN GENERAL.
KILLING THE IRANIAN GENERAL. IT’S A DIFFERENT STORY, HOWEVER,
IT’S A DIFFERENT STORY, HOWEVER, WITH THAT PLANE THAT WAS SHOT
WITH THAT PLANE THAT WAS SHOT DOWN.
DOWN. THE IRANIANS FIRST LIED ABOUT
THE IRANIANS FIRST LIED ABOUT SHOOTING DOWN THE PLANE.
SHOOTING DOWN THE PLANE. SHOOTING DOWN THE PASSENGER JET.
SHOOTING DOWN THE PASSENGER JET. AND THEN AFTER THEY WERE OUTED
AND THEN AFTER THEY WERE OUTED BY THE UNITED STATES AND WESTERN
BY THE UNITED STATES AND WESTERN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, THEY HAD
INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES, THEY HAD TO COME OUT AND ADMIT IT AND
TO COME OUT AND ADMIT IT AND THEY KILLED CIVILIANS.
THEY KILLED CIVILIANS. THEY KILLED IRANIANS.
THEY KILLED IRANIANS. AND NOW FOR THE THIRD DAY THERE
AND NOW FOR THE THIRD DAY THERE ARE PROTESTS ON THE STREETS OF
ARE PROTESTS ON THE STREETS OF IRAN.
IRAN. PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEIR
PEOPLE SAYING THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT ARE LIARS SAYING THAT
GOVERNMENT ARE LIARS SAYING THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DICTATORS.
THE GOVERNMENT IS DICTATORS. THAT THEY’RE REPRESSIVE.
THAT THEY’RE REPRESSIVE. SO IRAN NOW HAS A REAL DOMESTIC
SO IRAN NOW HAS A REAL DOMESTIC SITUATION.
SITUATION. THINGS HAVE GONE -- THEY HAVE
THINGS HAVE GONE -- THEY HAVE SHIFTED VERY DRAMATICALLY FROM A
SHIFTED VERY DRAMATICALLY FROM A MOOD IN IRAN OF NATIONALIST,
MOOD IN IRAN OF NATIONALIST, PATRIOTIC FEVER AFTER THEY WERE
PATRIOTIC FEVER AFTER THEY WERE ABLE TO DO THIS MUCH DAMAGE ON A
ABLE TO DO THIS MUCH DAMAGE ON A BASE HOUSING U.S. FACILITIES AND
BASE HOUSING U.S. FACILITIES AND NOT TRIGGER A MASSIVE WAR.
NOT TRIGGER A MASSIVE WAR. ALTHOUGH I CAN TELL YOU, HAD
ALTHOUGH I CAN TELL YOU, HAD THEY KILLED ALL OF THE PEOPLE
THEY KILLED ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE LIVING HERE AND THAT
WHO WERE LIVING HERE AND THAT WAS A REAL POSSIBILITY, I THINK
WAS A REAL POSSIBILITY, I THINK WE’D BE IN A VERY DIFFERENT
WE’D BE IN A VERY DIFFERENT SITUATION THAN WE ARE NOW.

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