Minor Injuries Reported among US Personnel in Iraq Base Attack, Says US Official

US personnel and an Iraqi security forces member were injured in an attack on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base. The base was hit by ballistic missiles or rockets, with further assessment underway. Sources claimed that the base was targeted by multiple rockets from inside Iraq. Another US official stated that the attack was carried out by militants from inside Iraq.

There have been 58 attacks on the US military in Iraq and 83 in Syria by Iran-backed militants since the Israel-Hamas war began in October. The militants aim to retaliate against the US for supporting Israel against Iran-backed Palestinian militant group Hamas.

The US has 900 troops in Syria and 2,500 in Iraq on a mission to advise and assist local forces against the resurgence of Islamic State. Iraq is concerned about becoming a battleground between the US, Israel, and Iran.

Following a US drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq’s Prime Minister announced plans to evict US forces. However, the Pentagon stated that it has not been officially notified of any plans to end the US troop presence in Iraq.

Iran struck Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, with ballistic missiles, claiming it was an attack on an Israeli spy headquarters, which Iraqi and Iraqi Kurdish officials denied.