While Obama mugged for another selfie, Islamic State Muslim fighters wearing Iraqi military uniforms and suicide vests attacked an Iraqi air base where hundreds of U.S. soldiers are stationed, the most direct attack on a base used by U.S. forces since the current conflict began.
On Friday, a group of 20 to 25 Islamic State militants, many dressed in Iraqi army uniforms, attacked the edge of the huge al-Asad Air Base before being repelled by Iraqi security forces, said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.
“The attack, the attempted attack, obviously was not successful on their part,” Adm. Kirby said. Thank G-d. Had they been…
Two dozen Islamic State (ISIS) fighters, including several with suicide bombing vests, were killed or blew themselves up Friday in a daring attack on an Iraqi air force base where 400 American soldiers are stationed.
At least two Iraqi soldiers were killed in the clash, approximately one mile from the area where U.S. soldiers were based. The Americans dispatched drones and Apache helicopters to help Iraqi forces, who overwhelmed the isis attackers without aerial assistance,.
Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said, “They were signaling that our advisers were vulnerable, thus — they hope — driving Obama to pull them out.”
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a Fox News contributor, said that ISIS is trying to show the “jihadi-world that they’re standing up to the Americans and replying to Obama’s claim that Islamic State has been stopped and turned back.”
The ISIS controls a city near the air base, which separates its forces from Baghdad.
Approximately 2,600 U.S. soldiers and advisers are stationed in Iraq.
Following the ISIS attack on the air base, the U.S.-led strike force carried out more than a dozen aerial bombings of ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, hitting a rocket system, fighters and tanks.
—Courtesy of Pamela Gellar