Published on Feb 13, 2015
ISIS fighters threaten base where 300 U.S. Marines are stationed
ISIS seized the town of Al-Baghdadi, security officials told CNN, bringing them a few miles within an air base housing U.S. military personnel.
Islamic State insurgents seized control of most of a town in western Iraq on Thursday, threatening an air base where more than 300 U.S. Marines are stationed. “Ninety percent of al-Baghdadi.
ISIS gas taken over Iraqi town of al-baghdadi and now has surrounded Al-Asad air base where 300 US Marines are now trapped also .
Islamic State militants clad in Iraqi fighter uniforms and suicide vests launched a sophisticated attack Friday on the second-largest U.S. air base in Iraq, creating havoc at the site of a U.S.-led training operation.
Defense Department spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said during a Friday briefing at the Pentagon that 20 to 25 militants — most of them wearing the uniforms of the U.S. partner nation — rushed the Ain al-Asad base near the western Iraq town of al-Baghdadi and were able to breach the base perimeter.
Some of the militants detonated their suicide vests, though it is unknown how far into the base the militants were able to get before members of the Iraq army were able to quash the attack, Adm. Kirby told reporters.
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