Rockets hit Iraqi base with US troops

At least 10 rockets hit an Iraqi military base where US troops are on Wednesday So far it is not clear if there were fatalities It was th...

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  • At least 10 rockets hit an Iraqi military base where US troops are on Wednesday
  • So far it is not clear if there were fatalities
  • It was the first attack since the United States struck targets of a militia linked to Iran last week.

At least 10 rockets struck an Iraqi military base in western Iraq on Wednesday where troops from the US-led coalition are housed, a coalition spokesman said.

The rockets hit the Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar at 7:20 a.m., spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said.

At first it was not clear if there were victims, reported The Associated Press.

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The Iraqi Army later released a statement stating that the attack had not caused significant losses and that the security forces had found the launch pad used for the missiles.

It was located in the Al-Baghdadi area of ​​Anbar, according to an Iraqi military source who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was not authorized to report to the press.

It was the first attack since the United States hit targets of an Iranian-linked militia last week on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The succession of offensives fueled fears of a repeat of the escalation of retaliation last year, ending with a US attack that killed Iranian General Qassim Soleimani near the Baghdad airport.

The affected base was the same one that Iran launched a missile round in January last year, in retaliation for Soleimani’s death. Dozens of US servicemen were left with concussions in that attack.

Wednesday’s attack came two days before Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, a highly anticipated trip that would include Baghdad, southern Iraq and the northern city of Irbil.

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The US bombing of the border was in response to a series of rocket attacks on the US presence, including one that killed a Filipino coalition contractor outside the airport in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

After that attack, the Pentagon It indicated that the attack was a “proportionate military response” carried out after consultations with coalition partners.

Iraqi security forces are leading an investigation into Wednesday’s attack, Marotto said.

US troops in Iraq significantly reduced their presence in the country last year under Donald Trump. The forces withdrew from several Iraqi bases in the country and concentrated mainly in Ain al-Assad and Baghdad.

The fortified Green Zone of Baghdad, where the US embassy is located, suffered frequent rocket attacks during Trump’s tenure to the frustration of the US government, which threatened to close the embassy and retaliate.

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