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Press Release | Jan. 20, 2024

Iranian-backed militants attack al-Assad Airbase, Iraq

USCENTCOM

Jan. 20, 2024
Release Number 20240120 - 02
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAMPA, Fla. – 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.