US personnel injured in missile attack on Al Asad airbase in Iraqon January 21, 2024 at 12:44 am

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Missiles and rockets were fired at the airbase by an Iranian-backed militia, the US military says.

Ain Al Asad airbaseImage source, Getty Images

A number of US military personnel have been injured in a missile attack on an airbase in western Iraq.

The US military’s Central Command said an Iran-backed militia targeted the Al Asad airbase, which hosts American troops, with ballistic missiles and rockets on Saturday evening.

An unspecified number of US personnel were “undergoing evaluation for traumatic brain injuries”.

At least one Iraqi service member was wounded in the attack.

The statement said most missiles were intercepted but some evaded air defences and hit the base, adding that an assessment of the damage is ongoing.

It is the latest in a series of attacks on US positions by Iran’s proxies in the region since the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza conflict last October.

The Iranian military has also carried out a number of strikes in recent days against targets in Syria, Iraq and Pakistan.

Earlier on Saturday, Iran accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike in the Syrian capital Damascus which killed five senior members of Iran’s security forces.

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