12-Mar, 2022: Update: "BREAKING: Reported Ballistic Missile Attack Near U.S. Base in Erbil, Iraq"
|Iranian Qiam MRBM|
03-Mar 2021: New video has been published of the attack on Al-Asad Air Base:
That number has since risen from 50 U.S servicemen to 64 and now the number is over 100.
The US also claimed its C-RAM and Centurion CIWS air defenses downed several of the Iranian missiles, however, there is no evidence for this claim, reminiscent of the false claims credited to the Patriot missiles in 1991 of intercepting Iraqi SCUDs. There is also a second claim from the US that it did NOT attempt to intercept/shoot down incoming missiles - the Pentagon needs to make up its mind on events - we shall see.
- Ten Fateh-313s targeted the Ain al-Assad AB. Two appear to have missed and fell into the town of Heet, outside Ramadi. Eight remaining Fateh-313 hit Assad AB. Others damaged the control tower, taxiway, and two parked US aircraft.
- Five to six Qiams MRBM targeted Erbil. At least one of these is claimed shot down by U.S. air defenses - there is no way to verify U.S. claim.
- No less than five 107mm rockets hit Camp Taji (rural district north of Baghdad) and/or al-Assad, some were claimed shot down by C-RAM and Centurion CIWs, but again, there is no way to verify these assertions by the U.S. presently.
warned Iraqi officials before the strike. Missiles hit living quarters.
ominous warning of what is to come if a major confrontation were to occur between the US and Iran. The Americans are not configured or prepared to operate without air supremacy - something the Iranian mobile rocket and MRBM forces take away. US forces and installations in the region are for all intensive-purposes totally exposed with no (no) defense against Iranian missile fire.
All (all) US Central Command expeditionary forces in the range of Iranian missile fire would see military material and personnel losses not seen since WWII or the Korean War. Something the US military, its handlers in Washington, and current American political discourse - can not stomach. Most Americans can not even find Iran or Iraq on a map. We have maintained for a long time that against a true peer or near-peer adversary - huge swathes of US "military capacity" are effectively a paper tiger.
Bottom line: All land-based US Expeditionary Forces in Central Command in range of Iran's missile forces are at the mercy of Iranian missile fire. US Expeditionary Forces in Central Command are totally exposed, overextended, and too expensive.
Separately a Ukrainian civilian 737-800 airliner was shot down by Iranian air defenses over Tehran the same evening as the attack on American bases, killing all 176 passengers and crew. Reportedly civilian air traffic over Iran was allowed to operate normally - so why Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was engaged is unclear. In all likelihood, it is simply a dreadful mistake linked to compressed timeframes in the fog of war, reminiscent of the USS Vincennes accidental downing of Iran Air Flight 655.
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