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Rockets Hit Airbase in Iraq Hosting U.S. Troops

 At least 10 rockets have targeted an Iraqi military base in western of Iraq, hosting American troops, said the U.S.-led coalition in the country. 

The Killid Group
3 Mar 2021
Rockets Hit Airbase in Iraq Hosting U.S. Troops
In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, this aerial photo taken from a helicopter shows Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Anbar desert, Iraq.

At least 10 rockets hit Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar province on Wednesday at 7:20a.m., military Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) Col. Wayne Marotto took to Twitter.

The military base in western Iraq hosts U.S.-led coalition troops.

It was not immediately known if there were any casualties.

Later, the Iraqi military released a statement saying the attack did not cause significant losses and that security forces had found the launch pad used for the missiles.

It was the first attack since the U.S. struck Iran-aligned militia targets along the Iraq-Syria border last week, stoking fears of a possible repeat of a series of tit-for-tat attacks that escalated last year, culminating in the U.S.-directed strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani outside the Baghdad airport.

The U.S. strike along the border had been in response to a spate of rocket attacks that targeted the American presence, including one that killed a coalition contractor from the Philippines outside the Irbil airport.

After that attack, the Pentagon said the strike was a “proportionate military response” taken after consulting coalition partners.

Mr. Marotto said the Iraqi security forces were leading an investigation into the attack on Ain al-Asad.

(Inputs from AP)

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