The Iraqi army narrowly foiled a deadly attack on the largest American base in Iraq. In a statement, the Iraqi army said that three Grad rockets with launchers connected to electronic timers were directed at the base.
The Iraqi army managed to defuse the launchers with only 15 minutes left until they would have fired.
The Ain Al-Asad base, where U.S. forces are housed, is located in the central Anbar province. It was the site of a surprise visit by U.S. President Trump the day after Christmas in 2018.
A Kurdish source noted that the rockets were manufactured in Iran. The same type of Grad rockets have been used against Israel in the past by Hezbollah in Lebanon and Fatah in the Palestinian-controlled territories and Hamas and other terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, Iran boasted that the militias its funds in Iraq, the Popular Mobilization Units (known in Arabic as Hashd al-Sha’abi) stopped a U.S. military patrol from in the city of Mosul, forcing it to turn back and request cover.
“This is not the first time Hashd forces stop [sic] US troops from performing a ‘suspicion reconnaissance mission,’” reported Press TV. The Iranians believe that U.S. troops in the area are trying to collect information about the movements and positions of the militias.
Below is footage of the incident: