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Iraq: Leaked Document Reveals Number Of US Troops, Equipment In Ain Assad Air Base

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Iraq: Leaked Document Reveals Number Of US Troops, Equipment In Ain Assad Air Base

U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopters launch flares as they conduct overflights of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq December 31, 2019. U.S. Army/Spc. Khalil Jenkins/CJTF-OIR Public Affairs/Handout via REUTERS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

A leaked Iraqi document has revealed the number of US troops and equipment in Ain Assad Air Base in the western province of al-Anbar.

On April 7, the Tura News, a Telegram channel affiliated with pro-Iranian groups in Iraq, shared a copy of the document. The source of the document is still unknown. The Ministry of Defense and the Popular Mobilization Units are the most likely sources.

Iraq: Leaked Document Reveals Number Of US Troops, Equipment In Ain Assad Air Base

Click to see full-size image. Source: Tura News (t.me/Tura313)

According to the document, which is yet to be verified, the US maintains 3,100 personnel in Ain Assad Air Base, as well as the following equipment:

  • 20 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs);
  • 15 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters;
  • 2 AC-130 gunships aircraft;
  • 4 V-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing military aircraft;
  • 7 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters;
  • 3 CH-47 Chinook helicopters;
  • 4 Bell Huey helicopters;
  • 3 M903 launchers for the MIM-104 Patriot air-defense system;
  • 1 C-RAM [Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar] system.

The document also revealed the presence of forces from the following NATO countries in the air base:

  • 90 personnel and 10 UAVs from Denmark;
  • 20 personnel and 10 UAVs from Norway;
  • 60 personnel from Poland;
  • 5 personnel from Latvia.

Ain Assad Air Base was targeted before by pro-Iranian groups in Iraq. Last month, a rocket attack targeted the US-held section of the air base. An American contractor died in the attack, allegedly from a “heart attack.”

Pro-Iranian groups have been attacking American troops in Iraq in order to push them out of the country. Washington and Baghdad are currently in a strategic dialoged over a number of issues, including the future of US deployment in the country.

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