Early on April 16, Iraqi sources, including the Sabereen News channel on Telegram, reported a drone attack on an air base hosting US troops in the western province of al-Anbar.
The base, Ain Assad, was allegedly struck by three suicide drones. The drones targeted the barracks of US troops, their operations center and an air-defense system. Losses among American personnel were reported.
The Sabereen News shared two posters celebrating the attack on Ain Assad. One of them included the photos of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, and Qassim Soleimani, Commander of Iran’s Quds Force, who were killed last year by the US. Another showed several drones, similar to the Iranian Ababil-2, attacking the air base.
While the alleged attack was widely reported by pro-Iranian sources in Iraq, it was not covered by any official outlet or the MSM news agencies.
The Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the US-led coalition has not commented on the alleged attack yet. Nevertheless, an official of the Tribal Mobilization Units, which maintains a strong presence in al-Anbar, denied that Ain Assad Air Base was attacked.
The alleged drone attack on Ain Assad Air Base came just two days after a similar attack with a suicide drone on a US military installation inside Erbil International Airport.
The upcoming few hours will likely reveal more details about the alleged drone attack on Ain Assad Air Base. Pro-Iranian forces in Iraq, who were blamed for the drone attack on Erbil, may have made up the new attack to intimidate US forces.
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