At Least 10 Rockets Hit Airbase in Iraq Hosting US Troops

Carla Harmon
March 3, 2021

It also came after President Joe Biden ordered a USA airstrike in Syria, in response to a series of rocket attacks on American and coalition troops in Iraq.

This satellite image provided on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, by Middlebury Institute of International Studies and Planet Labs Inc. shows the damage caused from an Iranian missile strike at the Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq.

At least 10 rockets have been launched towards a military base in western Iraq that hosts United States, coalition and Iraqi forces, according to USA officials.

Earlier, coalition spokesman Colonel Wayne Marotto confirmed that 10 rockets hit the base at 7.20am (04:20 GMT), but did not provide details on any casualties.

The airstrike was a "proportionate military response" to a rocket attack on an airfield in the Kurdish region's capital of Irbil that killed a contractor from the Philippines and wounded several others, including a USA service member and four American contractors.

The attack comes two days before Pope Francis's historic visit to the country.

AFP also 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.

Denmark, which like the USA and Britain also has troops at the base, said coalition forces at Ain al-Asad were helping to bring stability and security to the country.

The militant groups have also vowed revenge for the USA 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.

Iraqi forces were leading the investigation into the attack, Col. Wayne Marotto, a US military spokesman, wrote on Twitter.

U.S. troops in Iraq significantly decreased their presence in the country previous year under the Trump administration.

Frequent rocket attacks targeting the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the US 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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