ISIL mortars target Iraqi base in Anbar: Pentagon

ISIL mortars target Iraqi base in Anbar: Pentagon

HomeUSMilitary Mon Jan 5, 2015 10:26PM

The Pentagon says a military base in western Iraq has come under frequent mortar attacks by the ISIL terrorist group in recent weeks.

Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren said on Monday that the attacks on al-Asad base in Anbar province have been ineffective so far.

“It’s fair to say al-Asad is coming under… regular harassment fires,” Warren told reporters. “No US personnel, no US equipment have been impacted in any way.”

According to a US military official, the mortar fire began “over the past few weeks.”

The ISIL attacks come as US troops are reportedly busy training and advising Iraqi forces at the base. More than 300 American forces are currently there. They are among more than 2,100 American troops who are presently on the ground in Iraq.

The US says its troop deployment is part of the fighting against ISIL terrorists who have seized parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria in recent months.

The terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds, and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

According to an American anti-war activist, Washington is exploiting the threat posed by the ISIL terrorist group to expand the wars in the Middle East and to “create more fear” among the American people.

Bruce Gagnon said in a recent interview with Press TV that ISIL is a construct of the US and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Jordan “in order to widen the war in the region.”

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