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Senior MP: US Sending Weapons to Ein Al-Assad Base without Baghdad’s Knowledge

A senior member of the Iraqi parliament's Security and Defense Commission disclosed on Tuesday that the US continues non-stop dispatch of arms and military equipment to Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province without the government's knowledge.

“The American side does not provide the Iraqi government with any information about the military equipment which continuously enters Ein al-Asad base in al-Anbar province,” Aynas al-Maksousi told the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news website.

He added that the Iraqi security bodies are also unaware of the type and amount of weapons sent by the US to Ein al-Assad base, cautioning that the secret arms shipments have caused deep worries among Iraqi people and legislators.

Al-Maksousi voiced concern that most visits and military measures of Washington in Iraq are not declared officially.

Iraqi sources had said in September that tens of military trucks carrying military equipment were dispatched by the US to Ein al-Assad military base in al-Anbar Province in Western Iraq from Jordan.

Al-Ma’aloumeh news website quoted a military source in the command center of Hashd al-Sha’abi (Iraq’s Popular Mobilization) forces as saying that a US military convoy comprising 108 trucks carrying military vehicles and equipment entered Ein al-Assad Air Base of Western Iraq from the neighboring Jordan via Erbil border crossing.

The source underlined that the US military convoy was accompanied by a security company called ‘Peacock Kingdom’ and backed by the US Air Force.

It pointed to the dispatch of military equipment to Ein al-Assad Base by the security companies, and said that the US soldiers are also dispatched to Ein al-Assad military air base on US Army airplanes.

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