US troops clear rubble from Iraq base days after Iran strike

Rubble and debris are seen at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Ain al-Asad air base was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles on Wednesday, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed atop Iranian commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, whose killing raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Qassim Abdul-Zahra)

U.S. troops are clearing rubble and debris from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq, days after it was struck by Iranian ballistic missiles. The Ain al-Asad air base in western Anbar province is a sprawling complex about 180 kilometers, or 110 miles, northwest of Baghdad. It houses about 1,500 members of the U.S. military and the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group. It was struck by a barrage of Iranian missiles on Wednesday, in retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander. The U.S. said no American soldiers were killed in the Iranian attack.