The United States is finally moving some air defense systems into place in Iraq after bases that house U.S. troops have been attacked with rocket and missile fire for months. The Pentagon didn’t specify which bases the air defense systems will be deployed to.
However, Al Jazeera reported that according to Iraqi and U.S. military sources that a Patriot missile battery was placed at Ain al-Assad in western Iraq and is now being close to operational. Another battery is reportedly being placed in Erbil, at a base in the Kurdish region, while two more batteries are still in Kuwait.
Ain al-Assad was one of the bases that were attacked by Iranian proxies after the U.S. took out Iranian Quds Force Commander Major General Qassem Soleimani with a missile attack in Baghdad in January.
According to a report by Fox News, the military is deploying Patriot surface-to-air missiles and variants of the Navy’s SeaRAM and CIWS weapon system to help protect the troops.