In a recent airstrike, US troops successfully targeted and killed several Iran-supported terrorists who had attacked American forces in Iraq. This retaliatory action comes after a series of relentless assaults on US troops in the Middle East.
Sabrina Singh, Deputy Pentagon spokeswoman, verified the assault, declaring, “I can affirm an incident last evening orchestrated by militias supported by Iran. They employed a short-range ballistic missile to target US and coalition forces at the Al Asad airbase in Iraq.” Further elaborating, she clarified that the attack led to “a few minor injuries and some limited damage to infrastructure.
From October 17 onwards, there have been a collective 66 assaults on American troops, with 32 taking place in Iraq and 34 in Syria. Singh disclosed that approximately 62 injuries have been incurred by US personnel, excluding those from the recent attack, as they are currently under assessment. While the majority of injuries have been minor, more than 20 of them have entailed traumatic brain injuries.
This retaliatory strike marks the fourth time the US has responded to attacks on its forces in the region. However, it was the first strike that resulted in casualties. Singh explained that the US used an AC-130 gunship, a heavily armed ground-attack aircraft, to target a vehicle associated with the militants. The AC-130 “Angel of Death” aircraft was already in the air at the time of the initial attack and was able to monitor the movements of the militants as they boarded their vehicles.
Singh stated, “The militants were targeted because the AC-130 was able to determine the point of origin from where the close-range ballistic missiles were fired.” She also mentioned that a internal investigation will try to determine which Iran group of fighters carried out the attack and to account for the deaths of militants in the strike.
There has been speculation as to the reason the responsive attacks have not slowed Iranian fighters from continuing to strike US forces. Singh responded that the Pentagon does not want to see the conflict widen further. She emphasized the deliberate nature of the US strikes, stating, “We will respond when we feel that, at the time and place of our choosing, we need to respond.”
The US has remained committed to protecting its forces in the region and has demonstrated its resolve through multiple retaliatory strikes. As the situation unfolds, how these actions will impact the ongoing tensions between the US and Iran remains to be seen.