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Iraqi Group Responsible For Recent Attack On Ain Assad Base Shows Off Iranian Rockets












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Iraqi Group Responsible For Recent Attack On Ain Assad Base Shows Off Iranian Rockets

The official banner of the Khyber Brigade


On March 20, the Khyber Brigade shared photos of some of its rockets in what appears to be a threat to US forces in Iraq.


The pro-Iranian armed group was behind the March 3 rocket attack on Ain Assad Air Base in the western province of al-Anbar. An American contractor died during the attack, allegedly from a “heart attack.”


The photos released by the Khyber Brigade show an Iranian-made 107 mm rocket, a Grad 122 mm rocket and a larger projectile of the same caliber, likely an Iranian-made Arash-4 rocket.


According to Iraqi sources, the Khyber Brigade used more than ten Arash-4 rockets in the attack on Ain Assad Air Base. The rockets were fired from an improvised launcher hidden in the trunk of a mini truck.


Iraqi Group Responsible For Recent Attack On Ain Assad Base Shows Off Iranian Rockets

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The Arash-4, made by Iran’s Defense Industries Organization, is a 122 mm rocket with a range of 40 km and a HE-FRAG [High Explosive – Fragmentation] warhead.


The Khyber Brigade is one of several Iraqi groups which emerged in after the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qassim Soleimani.


Pro-Iranian groups have been attacking US bases and supply convoys in Iraq for more than year now. The aim of these operations is to expel US forces from the country.


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