Rocket Attack on Iraqi Air Base Housing U.S. Forces, Two Said Wounded

U.S. army says 14 rockets were fired at Ain Al-Assad, damage is being assessed. On Monday, at least three rockets hit the base

Blast walls of a sleeping quarters for U.S. soldiers are seen at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq January 13, 2020.
Blast walls of a sleeping quarters for U.S. soldiers are seen at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq, from JanuaryCredit: John Davison

At least 14 rockets hit an Iraqi air base hosting U.S. and other international forces on Wednesday, slightly wounding two people, the U.S.-led coalition said, as Kurdish-led forces in Syria said they thwarted a drone attack in an area where U.S. forces also operate.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks, part of a recent wave targeting U.S. troops or areas where they operate in Iraq and Syria, both countries where Iran-backed militias hold sway.

The attack came after at least three rockets landed on Ain Al-Assad on Monday without causing casualties.

The United States accuses Iran-backed militia groups of launching regular rocket attacks against its troops in Iraq. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday's attack.

This came after air defenses at the air base intercepted and shot down two drones last month.

Currently, there are about 2,500 American military personnel in Iraq after the United States withdrew a similar number following the Iraqi parliament’s decision in January 2020 to expel all U.S. troops from the country in response to the assassination of Iranian Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani.

Although the U.S. has already begun its pullout from Afghanistan, the Biden administration has no parallel plan for a similar withdrawal from Iraq.

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