At Least 10 Rockets Hit Airbase in Iraq Hosting US Troops

At Least 10 Rockets Hit Airbase in Iraq Hosting US Troops

Ain Al Asad Airbase, which is located in Iraq's Al Anbar province and hosts Iraqi and USA troops, was subjected to a massive rocket attack on Wednesday, Iraq's state-run news agency INA reported, citing a security source.

The Al-Asad airbase was struck by grad missiles, Iraqi officials said earlier Wednesday.

No casualties were immediately reported, according to Reuters.

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.

U.S. Army drones are seen at the Ain al-Asad airbase in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, Jan. 13, 2020. Dozens of USA service members suffered concussions in that strike.

"One civilian contractor died of a heart attack during the attack", a high-level security source told AFP, adding that he could not confirm the contractor's nationality.

AFP reports the attack on the sprawling Ain al-Assad base in Iraq's western desert is the fourth time in less than three weeks rockets hit a Western installation in the country.

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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. Those attacks culminated in the US drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani in Baghdad.

Days later, more rockets hit a United States military contracting company working north of the capital and the USA embassy in Baghdad, but only injuries were reported.

Previous attacks have drawn a response from Washington and as Breitbart News reported, just last Friday the Pentagon said it had domestic and multinational legal authorities under the U.S. Constitution and United Nations worldwide law, respectively, to conduct lethal retaliatory airstrikes in Syria against Iran-backed militia groups behind the attacks.

The US strike was 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 airport in the city of Irbil in northern Iraq.

The Pope will visit Iraq despite the deteriorating security situation in some parts of the country, which recently saw the first big suicide bombing in Baghdad for three years. The Danish armed forces said two Danes, who were in the camp at the time of the attack, are unharmed.

The Pope has insisted he will not postpone his historic trip to Iraq despite his predecessor Benedict XVI and others warning of the risks posed by militant groups and a second wave of the country's Covid-19 epidemic.

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