This is the first attack in Iraq since the conflict between Israel and Gaza began on October 7
A US Air Force warplane destroyed a vehicle it was taking off from “With Iranian support” The Pentagon announced, on Tuesday, that armed militias fired ballistic missiles at American forces in Iraq.
Al-Asad Air Base near Baghdad was bombed “Close-range ballistic missile” Deputy Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh told reporters that eight American soldiers were injured, adding that an AC-130J Ghostrider plane was already flying in the air and spotted the car from which the missile was launched.
“They were able to move because they saw the gunmen.” Singh said at a press conference at the Pentagon. He added: “They were able to monitor the movement of these gunmen as they moved to their cars. That is why they were able to respond.”
According to US Central Command (CENTCOM), the warplane carried out an attack “Self-defense strike” Which “It led to a number of casualties among the enemy’s ranks.” the incident It happened Monday evening.
Multiple US bases in Syria and Iraq were subjected to at least 66 attacks “Islamic resistance” The formation of militias began on October 17, shortly after Washington announced its support for the war waged by Israel against Hamas in Gaza. Videos posted by militants on social media show rocket launchers inside the cargo trailers of commercial trucks.
The Iraqi Shiite militia, Kataib Hezbollah, said on Tuesday that one of its fighters, Fadel al-Maksusi, was killed in a US airstrike.
The Islamic Resistance in Iraq published a video of the missile attack on the Ain al-Asad air base in response to air strikes launched by the US Air Force. As you can see in these two pictures of missile launchers. #Iraqpic.twitter.com/Ah7tvLqpm4
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US warplanes have bombed Syria three times since then, but Tuesday’s attack was the first of its kind in Iraq. What also made the AC-130’s flight strange was that it flew with a transponder, enabling civilian sites like FlightRadar 24 to follow its mission.
The AC-130 is an armed modification of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, armed with a 30 mm chain gun, a 105 mm howitzer, and a variety of ground attack weapons.
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