US Troops Injured In Iran-Backed Attack On Iraq Base

Multiple U.S. troops were injured in a weekend attack on an American base in Iraq. Officials believe Iran-backed terrorist groups fired several missiles at the facility.

In a statement, U.S. Central Command reported that most of the incoming missiles were taken down by the base’s defense systems, though others made impact. The al-Assad Airbase in Western Iraq was the terrorists’ target.

Two U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries, according to Fox News. Officials said “a number of U.S. personnel are undergoing evaluation.”

An Iraqi service member was also wounded.

More than 15 Patriot surface-to-air missiles were launched in defense of the airbase against the Iranian-backed strikes, according to the statement. There has been a barrage of attacks on American forces since the Hamas terrorist invasion of Israel in October.

According to CBS News, the Saturday strike means there have been at least 144 launches against U.S. troops since the Hamas invasion.

The use of ballistic missiles by terrorists rather than rockets also signals an increase in the level of hostility in the Middle East. Many warn the region is on the brink of war as Israel justifiably retaliates against the massacre of its citizens by Hamas.

Militants seek to punish the U.S. for its support of Israel against terrorist attacks.

The American military presence totals 2,500 troops in Iraq and 900 in Syria. They are present to advise and support area forces in their suppression of the Islamic State.

The group dominated areas of both countries in 2014 before eventually being put down. But the Israel-Hamas war and the backing of regional terrorist groups by Iran’s rogue regime threatens to once again bring war to the unstable corner of the globe.

The U.S. is now in a precarious position in Iraq after carrying out a recent drone strike in Baghdad. American officials believe the attack killed a militia leader who masterminded aggression against its forces in the area.

But the mission angered Iraqi leaders, and Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani’s government declared it will begin pushing American military personnel out of the nation. The government condemned the drone strike, which also provoked widespread anger.

The Pentagon said U.S. forces are present at the invitation of the Iraqi government.