On February 13, 2015 the Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral Kirby gave a news conference where he gave no opening comments and went right into reporter questions. During on exchange with a reporter asked about the ISIL attack in Iraq at al-Asad.
What the reporter was referring to in this case was Ayn al-Asad Airbase which is the second largest US military airbase in Iraq and is located in the largely Sunni western Province of Iraq Al Anbar. Its also the current location where US Marines are training Iraqi troops:
Q: On Iraq, on the attack at al-Asad, I’m wondering if you have any other details on whether or not the attackers were actually able to get inside the base at all. And we keep hearing reports about the Iraqis, referring to them as suicide bombers.
REAR ADM. KIRBY: Yeah.
Q: Is there — some suggested they were wearing suicide vests, something of that nature. Any — any light you can shed on that?
REAR ADM. KIRBY: Let me preface what I’m about to say with — and you know this better than me. First reports are — are not always 100 percent accurate, so I’m going to be very careful about what I say, because information is still coming in. And there may be things that we think happen now that an hour from now, we may have a different view.
So, let me just tell you what basically we know. We’re talking about somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 to 25 total ISIL fighters. They — the attempted attack was led, we believe, by at least several, and I don’t have a good number for you, but at least several suicide attackers. And we do — early indications are that yes, some of them did detonate their — their vests, detonate themselves. And then they — they were followed by roughly something on the order of 15 or so other fighters.
It does appear now that most, if not all of them, were wearing Iraqi uniforms. But again, all of this could change as we — as we learn more. They certainly did get to the perimeter of the base. I can’t sit here and tell you, you know, the degree to which the perimeter was breached. I just — I just don’t have that level of detail.
But they certainly did arrive at the perimeter of — of the base. I also think it’s important to make clear that they were immediately engaged by members of the Iraqi army, the 7th Infantry of the Iraqi army, and all were killed. We don’t have any indication of any Iraqi, certainly no coalition casualties. We don’t have any indication right now of Iraqi casualties as well. The attackers were — were killed. And the — the attack, the attempted attack, obviously was not successful on their part.
Also important to note that as you guys know this, many of you have been out to al-Asad, it is a big, sprawling facility. It’s basically a base of many mini bases inside. And at no time were U.S. troops anywhere near the fighting: at least a couple of miles away. So, they might have heard shots being fired, but that would’ve been about it.
Does that answer your question?”
See related video: ISIS ISIL DAESH 20+ wearing Iraqi Army uniforms infiltrated al-Asad airbase 320+ USA Marines https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jLUGKQ1raU