New Details Emerge of Iran's Attack on U.S. Base in Iraq

(Washington Post) Dan Lamothe - On Jan. 8, 2020, Iran launched 16 missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq. Eleven struck Ain al-Asad Air Base, another landed outside the city of Irbil, and four malfunctioned. Iranian-backed forces had laid siege to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad about a week earlier. The U.S. responded with a drone strike in Baghdad that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani No U.S. troops were killed despite Iran's use of weapons that each carried 1,600 pounds of explosives, more powerful than any weapon launched at Americans in a generation. But 110 survivors were ultimately diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries, some requiring long hospitalizations and intensive therapies. 29 service members were injured seriously enough to receive Purple Hearts.

2021-01-14 00:00:00

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