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U.S. in process of bringing air defence systems into Iraq: general

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of U.S. Central Command said on Tuesday that the United States was in the process of bringing air defence systems into Iraq to protect American troops in case of a potential Iranian attack.

“We are also in the process of bringing air defence systems, ballistic missile defence systems, into Iraq in particular, to protect ourselves against another potential Iranian attack,” U.S. Marine General Kenneth McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon said it was trying to secure permission from Iraq to take Patriot missile defences into the country to better defend U.S. forces after Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama