More than a year after the fact, the United States decided to attempt and re-invent what happened on January 8th, at the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq.
The incident refers to an Iranian ballistic missile strike, in response to the drone strike assassination of Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani.
The Iranian attack is infamous, as in the span of several months it went from an attacked that caused minor damage, to one that destroyed helicopters, to one that razed buildings and then actually injured dozens of US soldiers.
The CBS released a video covering the incident, based entirely on the Pentagon’s timeline and how events turned out.
The American television channel CBS spoke about the Iranian shelling of the Ain al-Assad military base in Iraq on January 8, 2020 and the events that preceded it:
– American intelligence had information about the attacks planned by the Iranian General Soleimani on the US Armed Forces in Iraq in the “coming hours or days”;
– the head of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, gave a direct order to the operator of the UAV MQ-9 Reaper to strike at two vehicles where Qasem Suleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were located … “Hit when you are ready”;
– the American military at the Ain al-Assad base were warned of the threat and were able to take cover a few hours before the first missiles fell (some even managed to record video messages to their families);
– the military tracked the flight of the missiles; the update on the situation went to the headquarters of the Central Command;
– more than 50 aviation units and about 1000 people were evacuated from the base before the strike;
– 16 missiles were launched from 3 locations, five missed.
Then, an alleged UAV video was released, showing the missiles strike the base and the minor damage they did, showing the ballistic missile strike as quite insignificant.
Quite different from the initial photos, videos that were released more than a year ago.
The video below was released by US Central Command.
Ultimately, the Biden Administration carried out its first strike near the Syrian-Iraqi border on February 26th. It was a great success, according to Washington. It had casualties, it destroyed a weapon shipment, and more. It showed that the US still has “got it”.
On top of success, it needs to have an additional victory, to show that its enemies can’t hurt it. That is difficult, since IEDs keep wrecking their convoys, and rocket strikes hit their static positions.
They had to dig deep, and attempt to rewrite an Iranian success, as a movement of US brilliance.
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