U.S. military trucks arrive in western Iraq: security source

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-07 01:29:19|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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BAGHDAD, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of U.S. military trucks have arrived at a U.S. military base in Iraq's western province of Anbar from neighboring Jordan, a security source said on Friday.

A convoy of more than 100 military trucks, carrying equipment, weapons and vehicles arrived at Ayn al-Asad air base, near the town of al-Baghdadi, some 190 km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a police officer from Anbar provincial police told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"These trucks came from Jordan through Trebil border crossing, where the Iraqi forces escorted the U.S. trucks until they reached to Ayn al-Asad air base," the source said.

Meanwhile, a local official in Anbar province told reporters on condition of anonymity that "more than 100 trucks carrying various vehicles, armored vehicles and weapons have already reached the base of Ayn al-Asad.

Ayn al-Asad, previously named al-Qadisiyah, is the second largest air base in Iraq situated near al-Baghdadi town, some 110 km west of the provincial capital Ramadi, and it has the largest number of U.S. troops in Iraq, along with others from coalition members.

In December 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump paid a surprise visit to the U.S. troops stationed in the air base during Christmas time.

The troops are part of an anti-Islamic State (IS) global coalition which has been fighting and conducting airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq and Syria.