Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Anbar desert, Iraq
Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Anbar desert, Iraq
Photo: AP
Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Anbar desert, Iraq

10 rockets land at Iraqi airbase hosting U.S. forces

Attack on military base, the second within a month, comes just days before Pope Francis's visit in Iraq on Friday and a week after U.S. carried out retaliatory airstrike in eastern Syria that killed one fighter in an Iranian-backed militia

Reuters |
Published: 03.03.21 , 11:46
At least 10 rockets landed on Wednesday at Iraq's Ain al-Asad airbase that hosts U.S., coalition and Iraqi forces, the Iraqi military said.
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  • It was the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and came two days before Pope Francis is due to visit the country. The Pope will visit Iraq from March 5-8 despite deteriorating security in some parts of the country.
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    Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Anbar desert, Iraq
    Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Anbar desert, Iraq
    Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Anbar desert, Iraq
    (Photo: AP)
    The attack caused no significant losses, Iraq's military said without going into further detail.
    A Baghdad Operations Command official said earlier that about 13 rockets were launched from a location about 8 km (5 miles) from the base, which is in western Anbar province.
    Another Iraqi security source and a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the rockets were launched from the Baiader area, west of Baghdadi city.
    On Feb. 16 a rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor and injured a U.S. service member.
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    People stand next to a damaged roof after a rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in and near Irbil International Airport in Irbil, Iraq, Feb. 16, 2021
    People stand next to a damaged roof after a rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in and near Irbil International Airport in Irbil, Iraq, Feb. 16, 2021
    People stand next to a damaged roof after a rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in and near Irbil International Airport in Irbil, Iraq, Feb. 16, 2021
    (Photo: Reuters)
    U.S. Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said on Twitter that the rockets targeted the base at 7:30am Iraq time on Wednesday.
    The Pentagon said Monday that a retaliatory U.S. airstrike last week in eastern Syria killed one fighter in an Iranian-backed militia and wounded two others.
    "What I can tell you is that we believe right now there was likely one militia member killed, and two militia members wounded," Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters.
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