“‘It certainly seems that Iran’s intent was different than earlier estimates,’ says Dan Shapiro, who served as the US ambassador to Israel from 2011 to 2017, ‘and there was a serious possibility of deaths of US troops.’

“It appears the two reasons everyone stayed alive was because of US intelligence and a warning from Iraq to Iran about the incoming missiles that enabled US and Iraqi forces to quickly take precautions, such as hunkering down in bunkers…”

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