Tehran(ANN)-Chief adviser to Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps, Brigadier General Ali Balali, on Wednesday claimed that as many as 120 US soldiers were killed in air strikes launched by the IRGC on the Ain Al-Assad military base in Iraq last month.

General Balali said the US committed a “grave mistake” by assassinating the late commander of Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, adding that the price for targeting him will be to expel American forces from the region, IRNA reported.

On 2 January, the United States assassinated General Soleimani in a drone attack that targeted him shortly after he arrived in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

On 8 January, Iran launched a missile attack on two military bases in Iraq, including Ain Al-Assad, which has about 1,500 US soldiers.

The US maintains that none of its troops were killed in the attack but over 100 suffered brain injuries.