US likely to deploy missile defense system in Iraq after Iranian attack

The Pentagon will likely deploy an anti-missile system to protect troops in Iraq.

The decision comes after more than 11 troops were flown out of Iraq to receive medical treatment following a Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack. The troops were taken to Germany for treatment out of an “ abundance of caution.”

Now, the Pentagon is considering bolstering the protection of its approximately 5,000 troops in Iraq with a Patriot air defense system, according to Fox News. Other Patriot systems are currently being used to guard American forces in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Last week, the Pentagon confirmed that 11 U.S. troops received treatment for concussions from the short-range ballistic missiles that hit the two Iraqi bases.

The attack was an Iranian retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a man responsible for the deaths of more than 600 Americans in Iraq.