US personnel injured in Iranian-backed militants’ missile attack on Iraqi airbase

Iranian missiles made contact with al Asad Airbase in Western Iraq on Saturday, injuring some U.S. personnel stationed there, according to U.S. Central Command.

“Damage assessments are ongoing,” CENTCOM wrote in its announcement of the attack. “A number of U.S. personnel are undergoing evaluation for traumatic brain injuries. At least one Iraqi service member was wounded.”

A majority of the missiles were intercepted by the base’s air defense system, according to CENTCOM. This is at least the 58th time Iranian-backed militants have attacked the U.S. military in Iraq since Hamas launched its attack against Israel on Oct. 7, 2023.

This Dec. 29, 2019, aerial file photo from a helicopter shows al Asad Airbase in the western Anbar desert, Iraq. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

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