The US military intends to establish a new base for a Patriot air-defence system near Ayn al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq, Al-Ahad News cited a security source in Al-Anbar province as saying on 23 March.
The source said the new base would be at Umm Samij, north of Al-Baghdadi, a town on the Euphrates northeast of the airbase.
Iran attacked Ayn al-Asad Air Base with ballistic missiles on 8 January in retaliation for the US airstrike that killed Major General Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad International Airport five days earlier.
US Central Command commander General Kenneth McKenzie confirmed in a 13 March press briefing that the US would deploy Patriot batteries to Iraq.
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