Yet again a US forward operating base – shared with the Iraqi Air Force – at Ain al-Asad was hit by rockets. There was one death, allegedly from a heart attack during the attack, and six injured – five contractors and one US service member.
There was no prior warning and, it appears, the air defenses at the base failed to detect the threat or respond to the incoming missiles.
How do we know this? There is drone video of part of the attack that shows six incoming rockets. There are no interceptor rockets or tracer rounds from the ground trying to knock down the rockets. Hence, there was no air defense response.
The big question is this: Why didn’t the Pentagon ask Israel to supply Iron Dome systems that could have defeated any rocket, drone, artillery, mortar or cruise missile attack?