Damages in Ain Al-Asad Base after IRGC attack

A newly released report suggests that following an Iranian missile attack on a US airbase in Ain al-Assad in western Iraq, the US military is seeking to expand the facility and beef up its defences.

Iran Press/Middle East: Local Iraqi sources are saying US troops have started working on "broadening the area of the base" and further developing structures accommodating the US troops, Press TV reported.

The report suggests that the US forces are also setting up barbed wire and "various defensive structures" along with signs warning against approaching the base.

The source added that Iraqi forces inside the airbase are unaware of the American measures because details regarding the movements are limited to the jurisdiction of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Iraq's Armed Forces.

The report comes nearly a month after the base was the target of a major Iranian missile attack in response to the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani by US forces outside Baghdad airport on January 3.

The Trump administration initially claimed that little material damage had been done and no Americans had been injured in the missile strikes, but later said up to 64 US troops were injured in the attack.

On 5 January, the Iraqi parliament voted to expel US forces from the country in response to the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and their companions.  212/211/ 205

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