The United States military has announced the deployment of air defense systems into Iraq to protect troops following an increase in attacks.
According to Fox News:
The U.S. military said Thursday air defense systems are “moving” into Iraq following attacks on American and coalition forces in recent weeks.
The weapons include Patriot surface-to-air missiles and a variant of the Navy’s SeaRam and CIWIS (“sea wiz”) which fires 3,000 rounds a minute, a defense official with knowledge of the order tells Fox News.
For operational security, the U.S. military is not disclosing which bases are getting reinforced.
Two Americans and a British Army medic were killed in a rocket attack outside Baghdad last month leading to U.S. airstrikes destroying five weapons depots used by the Iranian-backed militia blamed for the attack.
The region has become hostile as tensions between Iran and the United States have increased.