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Iraq’s Al Assad Air Base Rocked by Massive Airstrike, Aiming at Houthi Missiles, Latest Update

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The Middle East witnessed a surge in hostilities as Al Assad Air Base in Iraq, housing US military personnel and contractors, faced a massive barrage from Iranian-aligned militant groups. 

The attack overwhelmed the air defenses of Al Assad, resulting in multiple projectiles breaching its perimeter and causing injuries, including one serious injury to an Iraqi. 

The Islamic Resistance in Iraq, representing various groups opposed to the US and Israel over the Gaza conflict, claimed responsibility for the assault.

The group released a statement citing the ongoing resistance against American occupation forces and attributing the attack to the perceived injustices against their cause. 

The exact nature of the weapons used remains unclear, with suspicions pointing towards short-range ballistic missiles or heavy artillery rockets.

This marks the 58th attack on US facilities in Iraq since the conflict between Israel and Gaza ignited after Hamas’s cross-border terror attacks in early October. Notably, Al Assad Air Base has been a recurrent target, echoing its significance in previous strikes following the US killing of Qasem Soleimani in 2020.

US Faces Rising Threats in Iraq

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The Middle East witnessed a surge in hostilities as Al Assad Air Base in Iraq, housing US military personnel and contractors, faced a massive barrage from Iranian-aligned militant groups.

The US, engaged in anti-ISIS efforts with approximately 2,500 troops in Iraq, faces a mounting challenge from militia groups in the region. Al Assad Air Base, previously left defenseless during Iranian retaliation in 2020, reportedly now hosts a Patriot battery in anticipation of further strikes.

Concurrently, tensions are on the rise in the Red Sea region, as the United States takes proactive measures by launching preemptive airstrikes targeting anti-ship weaponry employed by the Houthi faction.

Recent strikes targeted and destroyed three missiles, with another intercepted just hours ago. Meanwhile, Israel’s strike on five Iranian IRGC commanders in Syria has prompted Iran to vow retaliation, adding another layer of complexity to the already volatile situation in the region.

As global attention focuses on these events, the intricate web of geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East continues to pose challenges for regional stability and international diplomacy.

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