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US personnel injured in missile attack on Al Asad airbase in Iraq

  • Update Time : Sunday, January 21, 2024
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International Desk:

A number of US military personnel have been injured in a missile attack on an airbase in western Iraq.

The US military’s Central Command said an Iran-backed militia targeted the Al Asad airbase, which hosts American troops, with ballistic missiles and rockets on Saturday evening.

An unspecified number of US personnel were “undergoing evaluation for traumatic brain injuries”.

At least one Iraqi service member was wounded in the attack.

The strike against the base was claimed by a group calling itself the Islamic Resistance in Iraq. According to the US-based Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the group emerged in late 2023 and is comprised of several Iran-affiliated armed groups operating in Iraq.

It has claimed other attacks against US forces in recent weeks. And Al Asad base has been attacked repeatedly in recent years.

The US military said most of the missiles fired on Saturday were intercepted but some evaded air defences and hit the base, adding that an assessment of the damage is ongoing.

It is the latest in a series of attacks on US positions in Iraq and Syria by Iran’s proxies in the region since the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza conflict last October.

The US military and allies have also intervened to stop Houthi missile attacks on international shipping in the Red Sea.

US forces carried out another airstrike on Saturday against the Houthis – an Iran-backed rebel group controlling much of western Yemen. The US military said it targeted a launch site, after identifying an anti-ship missile “that was aimed into the Gulf of Aden and prepared to launch”.

The Iranian military has carried out a number of missile strikes in recent days against targets in Syria, Iraq and Pakistan.

Earlier on Saturday, Iran accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike in the Syrian capital Damascus which killed five senior members of Iran’s security forces.

Dhallywood’s ‘king’ Shakib Khan has introduced a new identity. He has embarked on a new journey in the corporate world. He will serve as the director of an international organization named Remark HB.

Various products including world-class skincare, cosmetics, toiletries, home care, and perfumes can be found in this organization. The products of this company will be available in various countries around the world, including America, Canada, Australia, the Middle East, Singapore, and Europe.

A press conference was held Saturday afternoon at a five-star hotel in the capital to announce Superstar Shakib Khan’s new venture as the director of an international business organization. Director Shahriar Alam, Abul Bashar Howladar, and Chief Executive Emdadul Haque Sarkar were also present at the event.

Shakib Khan said, “Today is truly a joyful day for me. Because the dreams I had seen a few years ago will now mark a new destination in my life. I used to feel very proud when I used to see clothes written ‘made in Bangladesh’ in various shopping malls in the United States. At the same time, I also thought, if all the other products like this cloth, such as cosmetics, toiletries, and electronics were also made in my country, how wonderful it would be. Then I talked to my friends and I dreamed of a cosmetics, toiletries, and skincare industry, which would be world-class but produced in my country—it would be within the reach of all classes of people, it would be accessible, but it would be the best in terms and quality.”

Shakib will return to Dhaka after the shooting of ‘Rajkumar’ in Hyderabad, India. After three days of shooting in Dhaka, the entire team will fly to the United States. The entire work of ‘Rajkumar’ directed by Himel Ashraf will be completed after two weeks of shooting there. After returning from India, Shakib will get ready for the shooting of Raihan Rafi’s movie ‘Tufan’.

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