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Published on Jan 13, 2020
U.S. troops cleared rubble and debris from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq, Monday, January 12, days after it was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles. ––––––––– READ MORE: U.S. troops cleared rubble and debris from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq on Monday, days after it was struck by a barrage of Iranian ballistic missiles in a major escalation between the two longtime foes.
The Iranian attack was in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike near Baghdad airport that killed a top Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, prompting angry calls to avenge his slaying.
It was struck by Iranian missiles on Wednesday in Iran's most direct assault on America since the 1979 seizing of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The proxy attack raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East although both sides have since then indicated there would not be further retaliation on either side, at least in the short term.