A leaked Iraqi document has revealed the number of US troops and equipment in Ain Assad Air Base in the western province of al-Anbar.
On April 7, the Tura News, a Telegram channel affiliated with pro-Iranian groups in Iraq, shared a copy of the document. The source of the document is still unknown. The Ministry of Defense and the Popular Mobilization Units are the most likely sources.
According to the document, which is yet to be verified, the US maintains 3,100 personnel in Ain Assad Air Base, as well as the following equipment:
- 20 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs);
- 15 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters;
- 2 AC-130 gunships aircraft;
- 4 V-22 Osprey vertical takeoff and landing military aircraft;
- 7 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters;
- 3 CH-47 Chinook helicopters;
- 4 Bell Huey helicopters;
- 3 M903 launchers for the MIM-104 Patriot air-defense system;
- 1 C-RAM [Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar] system.
The document also revealed the presence of forces from the following NATO countries in the air base:
- 90 personnel and 10 UAVs from Denmark;
- 20 personnel and 10 UAVs from Norway;
- 60 personnel from Poland;
- 5 personnel from Latvia.
Ain Assad Air Base was targeted before by pro-Iranian groups in Iraq. Last month, a rocket attack targeted the US-held section of the air base. An American contractor died in the attack, allegedly from a “heart attack.”
Pro-Iranian groups have been attacking American troops in Iraq in order to push them out of the country. Washington and Baghdad are currently in a strategic dialoged over a number of issues, including the future of US deployment in the country.