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US troops clear rubble from Iraq base

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

13th Jan, 2020. 09:32 pm
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US troops clear Iraq base

U.S. troops cleared rubble and debris from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq on Monday.

Days after it was struck by a barrage of Iranian ballistic missiles in a major escalation between the two longtime foes.

According to the details, The Iranian attack was in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike near Baghdad airport that killed a top Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, prompting angry calls to avenge his slaying.

The Ain Al-Asad air base in Iraq’s western Anbar province is a sprawling complex about 180 kilometers west of Baghdad and houses about 1,500 members of the US military and the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group.

The U.S. said no American soldiers were killed or wounded in the Iranian attack.

“There were more than 10 large missiles fired and the impact hit several areas along the airfield,” said Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. He added that the explosions created large craters, knocked over concrete barriers and destroyed facilities that house dozens of soldiers.

Although no soldiers were killed, he said several were treated for concussions from the blast and are being assessed by professionals. Caggins added that troops received notification the missiles were on their way thanks to early warning systems, and troops were moved out of harm’s way. He described soldiers who lived through the attack as “warriors.”

Baghdad: Iraqi protesters storm, burst a security post

Earlier, Funeral procession of the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force Maj Gen Qasem Soleimani held today in Bhaghdad.

According to details, thousands of people have marched in a funeral procession of Maj Gen Qasem Soleimani and other leaders who were killed in a US airstrike.

Iranian officials stated that a public farewell was planned in Tehran for for Iran’s top general and other Iraqi leaders on Sunday.

The procession began at the Imam Kadhim shrine in Baghdad and People marched in the streets alongside militia vehicles in a solemn procession.

Participants were chanting “no, no, America,” and “death to America, death to Israel.”

One of the mourner said that the funeral was an expression of loyalty to those killed. “It is a painful strike, but it will not shake us,” he said.

Iraq’s prime minister, Adel Abdul-Mahdi, and leaders of Iran-backed militias attended the funeral procession with a tight aerial security as two helicopters hovered over the procession.

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