US Military Moving Air Defense Systems Into Iraq to Protect Troops

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.

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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.

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