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3 Wounded as Rockets Hit Iraqi Base Housing US Forces

3 Wounded as Rockets Hit Iraqi Base Housing US Forces

Wednesday, 7 July, 2021 - 11:30
Blast walls of a sleeping quarters for US soldiers are seen at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq January 13, 2020. REUTERS/John Davison

At least 14 rockets hit western Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base, host to US and other international forces, on Wednesday, slightly wounding three people, a coalition spokesman said.


US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led international military coalition, tweeted that the rockets landed on the base and its perimeter.


The United States accuses Iranian-backed militia groups of launching regular rocket attacks against its troops in Iraq.


According to Reuters, there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday's attack.


It came after at least three rockets landed on Ain al-Asad on Monday without causing casualties.


Iraqi army officials said the pace of recent attacks against US bases with rockets and explosive-laden drones is

unprecedented.


Iraqi military sources said a rocket launcher fixed on the back of a mini-truck was used in Wednesday's attack and was found on nearby farmland.


On Tuesday, a drone attacked Erbil airport in northern Iraq, targeting a US base on the airport grounds, Kurdish security sources said.


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