Ain Al-Assad struck by militias
CENTCOM confirms injuries to US personnel
BAGHDAD, 21 January – The US has confirmed injuries among American personnel at Ain Al-Assad Airbase after Iranian-backed militants launched multiple ballistic missiles and rockets at the al-Assad Airbase in Western Iraq last night.
In a statement released overnight, US Central Command (CENTCOM) reported that the base’s air defense systems intercepted most of the missiles, while others impacted the base.
Assessments of the damage caused by the strike are ongoing. Following the attack, several US personnel are undergoing evaluations for possible traumatic brain injuries, and at least one Iraqi service member has been reported seriously wounded.
The attack targeted the facility which houses U.S. and coalition forces.
Condemnation for as long as no American is hurt
Full CENTCOM statement:
At approximately 6:30 p.m. (Baghdad time) time Jan. 20, multiple ballistic missiles and rockets were launched by Iranian-backed militants in Western Iraq targeting al-Assad Airbase. Most of the missiles were intercepted by the base’s air defense systems while others impacted on the base. Damage assessments are ongoing. A number of U.S. personnel are undergoing evaluation for traumatic brain injuries. At least one Iraqi service member was wounded.