ISIL attacks Iraqi base housing US troops

CBS News:
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, attacked an air base in Iraq that houses U.S. military personnel, the Pentagon said Saturday.

The Pentagon said no service members in the coalition fighting ISIS were affected by the attack at the Ayn al-Assad Air Base.

"Information is limited at this time, but we believe the attack was defeated by the Iraqi Security Forces," a spokesperson told CBS News.

The attack comes a day after a bombing during a match in a soccer stadium in the city of Iskanderiyah, 30 miles from the capital, Baghdad. ISIS claimed the attack, saying it had targeted Shiite militiamen.

Iraqi officials say the death toll has climbed to 41, with another 105 people wounded.
ISIL tends to strike out when under pressure and it has been on the end of increasing attacks by coalition forces in both Iraq and Syria.  A US Marine artillery base that has been supporting the Iraqi advance has also come under attack in recent days.  I suspect the attacks unleashed in Europe are part of ISIL's reaction to being under attack in its caliphate.


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