Iraq rockets hit base hosting US, coalition forces

Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops

At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops on Wednesday, the coalition and the Iraqi military said.

The Associated Press reported, the rockets struck Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar province at 7:20 a.m., spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said.

Later, the Iraqi army released a statement that the attack did not cause significant losses and that the security forces had found a rocket launch pad. An Iraqi military official said they had been found in the Al-Baghdadi area of Anbar, speaking under anonymity because they were not allowed to inform the media.

The rocket fire came just days after sources told Fox News that the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve raised the threat level for U.S. troops serving in Iraq.

Wednesday’s attack targeted the same base where Iran struck with a barrage of missiles in January last year in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani. Dozens of U.S. service members were injured, suffering concussions in that strike

U.S. military officials were expecting possible retaliation after President Biden ordered airstrikes in Syria last week.

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

The rocket fire also came as Pope Francis planned a historic visit to Iraq for later this week that would make him the first pontiff to ever visit the country.

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