Up to 14 rockets hit air base in western Iraq: US military

Xinhua , Wednesday 7 Jul 2021

Spokesman of the international coalition forces in Iraq, said that 14 rockets landed on Ayn al-Asad Air Base and its perimeter at about 12:30 pm, stressing that defensive measures were activated to protect the air base

Ain al-Asad military airbase
US soldiers clearing rubble at Ain al-Asad military airbase in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. AFP

Up to 14 rockets hit on Wednesday a military air base housing US-led coalition forces in Iraq's western province of Anbar, causing at least three minor injuries, the US military said.

An initial report tweeted by Wayne Marotto, spokesman of the international coalition forces in Iraq, said that 14 rockets landed on Ayn al-Asad Air Base and its perimeter at about 12:30 p.m. (0930 GMT), stressing that defensive measures were activated to protect the air base.

"At this time initial reports indicate three minor injuries. Damage is being assessed," Marotto said.

Earlier, a provincial security source anonymously told Xinhua that at least four Katyusha rockets hit the air base without knowing the casualties.

US forces at the air base fired back on the rocket launch site near the town of al-Baghdadi, some 190 km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, and destroyed a vehicle that was carrying the rockets, the source said.

Ayn al-Asad Air Base, formerly known as al-Qadisiyah, is located some 190 km northwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. The Iraqi military bases housing US troops across Iraq and the US embassy in Baghdad have been frequently targeted by mortar and rocket attacks.

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