November 23, 2023

Iran-backed group attack US base in Iraq, injuring 8

An Iranian-backed militia attacked a U.S. Air Base in Iraq Tuesday, injuring eight personnel.

The U.S. base fought back, putting down the threat that added to dozens of similar attacks in recent weeks.

"A U.S. military AC-130 aircraft in the area conducted a self-defense strike against an Iranian-backed militia vehicle and personnel involved in the attack, resulting in some 'hostile fatalities,'" Fox News reported.

"U.S. forces have been attacked approximately 66 times since October 17, including 32 times in Iraq and 34 times in Syria. U.S. personnel have sustained approximately 62 injuries, not including Tuesday’s attack, which is still being evaluated," it added.

"The attacks began when a close-range ballistic missile was fired Tuesday at al-Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, resulting in 'several non-serious injuries and some minor damage to infrastructure,' Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh told reporters at the Pentagon," according to Stars and Stripes.

"Singh said the AC-130 was airborne at the time of the attack and fired on a vehicle carrying the assailants," it continued.

The attacks have surged since Hamas attacks against Israel on Oct. 7 killed over 1,400 Israelis, including over 30 Americans.

The attacks also led to over 240 hostages being taken to Gaza, leading to a military response by Israel.

The U.S. has been largely supportive of Israel's self-defense efforts, with Iranian-backed groups increasing attacks as a result.

The ongoing attacks could threaten to expand war in the region as Iran seeks to extend its influence against Israel, the U.S., and throughout the Middle East.


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