The US military has dispatched a convoy of military vehicles and troops from Jordan to western Iraq, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.
“A big military convoy of 70 military vehicles entered Ayn al-Assad air base,” a source in Iraqi security forces told the agency.
According to the publication, the convoy was escorted by US fighter jets. The source also said that the US military ramped up security measures at all their positions in Al-Anbar province to an “unprecedented level,” according to Fars.
Ayn al-Assad air base is located in western Iraq, some 150 kilometres from the Syrian border and about 270 kilometres away from Iran.
According to Al-Masdar News, the US military has dispatched an undisclosed number of troops and an undisclosed amount of weapons to Iraq. The weapons are being transferred via security firms in Jordan, the publication says.
Earlier in April, Iraqi media reported that the US military had increased its military presence in the Ayn al-Assad and al-Habaniyeh bases to 10,000 soldiers, adding that the troops are supplied with state-of-the-art equipment, according to Fars.
According to Iraqi Badr Organization’s head in al-Anbar, the two bases house US Marines, who have recently been relocated from Syria to Iraq. The source also said that 90%…