Rockets land at Iraqi air base hosting United States forces

Joanna Estrada
Марта 3, 2021

Earlier, a dozen rockets targeted a military complex at the Arbil airport in northern Iraq which hosts foreign troops from the US-led coalition.

At least 10 rockets struck the Ain al-Asad base, located in western Anbar province, at 7:20 a.m., The Associated Press reported.

The attack caused no significant losses, Iraqi's military said without going into further detail.

Last week, two F-15E Strike Eagle jets destroyed several buildings at a complex along the Iraq-Syria border that the USA believes Iran-backed paramilitary groups were using for operations in the region. Dozens of US service members were injured, suffering concussions in that strike.

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

An Iraqi military official said they had been found in the al-Baghdadi area of Anbar, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to brief media.

The militant groups have also vowed revenge for the US drone strike at Baghdad airport in January 2020 that killed the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and the founder of an Iraqi militia.

AFP quoted security sources as saying in connection with today's attack that a contractor had been killed in a rocket attack on Ain al-Asad.

Iraqi security forces said 10 "Grad-type rockets" hit the sprawling base on Wednesday morning, but said there were "no notable casualties". The Danish armed forces said two Danes, who were in the camp at the time of the attack, are unharmed.

On Feb. 16 a rocket attack on USA -led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor and injured a US service member. Newswire AFP reported that 10 rockets had hit the Iraq airbase hosting U.S. troops.

The Ain al-Assad base hosts Iraqi forces as well as troops from the US-led coalition helping Iraq fight remnants of Islamic State.

Frequent rocket attacks targeting the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the U.S. Embassy, during President Donald Trump's time in office frustrated the administration, leading to threats of embassy closure and escalatory strikes.

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