‘They can’t be everywhere at once’: Why Patriot missile interceptors were not used during Iran missile strike

Iran attacked U.S. forces stationed at two bases in Iraq with 15 missiles on Tuesday, but it does not appear missile defense systems deployed to the Middle East last year were used to counter them.

The United States sent Patriot missile defense systems to the Persian Gulf region last year in response to Iranian threats to shipping and Saudi Arabian oil fields. Ten missiles landed last night at al Asad air base in Iraq’s western Anbar province, while five targeted a base in Erbil, Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region in the country’s north. The Pentagon declined to say whether the Patriot was used or if the missiles were intercepted.

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