US troops clear rubble from Iraq base days after Iran strike

Previously, the U.S. military alleged Iran had fired a missile at another drone last week that was responding to the attack on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. blames Iran for the attack on the ships; Tehran denies it was involved. (Source: MGN)

AIN AL-ASAD BASE, Iraq (AP) 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.