United States: The political turmoil between the United States and Middle East countries, including Iraq and Iran, is getting worse. Recently, the Defense Forces of the United States launched a military strike against three facilities – based in Iraq.
The attack was launched on Tuesday and attacked the facilities that were linked with Iran militias, according to the reports by The New York Times. According to the officials of the Pentagon’s Central Command, the attack was a reply to one of the major bases of America in Iraq. Reports stated that the attack injured approximately four personnel of the US.
What were the consequences of the American attack?
The strike targeted Iraq’s border with Syria, hitting headquarters, training locations, and storage areas for weapons, according to the reports by The New York Times. The Central Command has emphasized that all the damaged belongings were owned by the Kataib Hezbollah militia and other militant groups that are affiliated with Iraq.
In this regard, a statement was shared by US Defense Secretary – Lloyd J Austin III, who stated, “These precision strikes are in direct response to a series of escalatory attacks against US and coalition personnel in Iraq and Syria by Iranian-sponsored militias.”
Conflict between US troops and militant groups
The Defense Authorities of the United States have mentioned that the latest attack at Al Asad Air Base in Iraq was the latest and most serious attack on the American military base since the war between Hamas and Israel commenced. The US troops – based in Iraq and Syria were targeted with 151 rocket and missile strikes.
In a single barrage at the base, approximately ten (10) rockets and seven (7) short-range ballistic missiles were fired. The Experts have also termed it the most successful militia attack.
While sharing the details about the injured servicemen, the Pentagon mentioned that four US servicemen had been suffering from brain injuries and attained treatment for the same. However, all the injured person have joined their duties.
A broader conflict in the Mideast!
The reports have underlined that the attack shows the broader conflict in the region. To be noted that in the midst of the conflict in Gaza, large-scale military strikes were carried out by the United States and the United Kingdom on Monday. The major targets of the strikes were eight sites controlled by Houthi.
Al Asad Air Base
Al Asad Air Base is situated in the western desert of Iraq. The Base is primarily used by Iraqi forces but also serves as a US contingent. As many as 2,500 US troops are present in Iraq and 900 in northeast Syria. The defense forces emphasize that the troops are deployed to support the forces of Iraq and Kurdish Syria to conduct a fight.
An official stats were shared by the Pentagon, which unveiled that as many as 83 US personnel have suffered injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, during the attacks. Among all, a small number of personnel returned to their duties respectively early.
US Defence Secretary Austin stated, “I and President Joe Biden will not hesitate to take necessary action to defend American troops in the region. We do not seek to escalate conflict in the region. We are fully prepared to take further measures to protect our people and our facilities,” according to the New York Times.