Patriot Missile Defense System Engages Missiles in Iraq

Cell phone footage recorded by an American at Al Assad Air Base in Iraq shows the Patriot Missile Defense system engaging with missiles fired by Iranian-aligned militant groups. At least 17 impacts were reported inside of the base in what is being called the largest missile attack against the location yet. So far, since the attacks on October 7th in Israel, this is the 58th attack on Americans in Iraq with a majority of the attacks being centered on Al Assad Air Base.


Statement from CentCom:


"At approximately 6:30 p.m. (Baghdad time) time Jan. 20, multiple ballistic missiles and rockets were launched by Iranian-backed militants in Western Iraq targeting al-Assad Airbase. Most of the missiles were intercepted by the base’s air defense systems while others impacted on the base. Damage assessments are ongoing. A number of U.S. personnel are undergoing evaluation for traumatic brain injuries. At least one Iraqi service member was wounded."


There are currently 2,500 Americans deployed to Iraq in support of the anti-ISIS mission in the region.


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Josh Brooks

Josh is an American writer and former USMC machine gunner with eight years of experience in ground combat arms throughout the GWOT. He is currently based in Texas and specializes in combat footage analysis and digital marketing.Follow Josh at OfficialJoshBrooks.com

Published 4 months ago

Cell phone footage recorded by an American at Al Assad Air Base in Iraq shows the Patriot Missile Defense system engaging with missiles fired by Iranian-aligned militant groups. At least 17 impacts were reported inside of the base in what is being called the largest missile attack against the location yet. So far, since the attacks on October 7th in Israel, this is the 58th attack on Americans in Iraq with a majority of the attacks being centered on Al Assad Air Base.


Statement from CentCom:


"At approximately 6:30 p.m. (Baghdad time) time Jan. 20, multiple ballistic missiles and rockets were launched by Iranian-backed militants in Western Iraq targeting al-Assad Airbase. Most of the missiles were intercepted by the base’s air defense systems while others impacted on the base. Damage assessments are ongoing. A number of U.S. personnel are undergoing evaluation for traumatic brain injuries. At least one Iraqi service member was wounded."


There are currently 2,500 Americans deployed to Iraq in support of the anti-ISIS mission in the region.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Josh Brooks

Josh is an American writer and former USMC machine gunner with eight years of experience in ground combat arms throughout the GWOT. He is currently based in Texas and specializes in combat footage analysis and digital marketing.Follow Josh at OfficialJoshBrooks.com

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