At Least a Dozen Rockets Hit Ain al-Asad Airbase in Iraq Hosting American Troops

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Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq
Ain al-Asad air base in IraqCredit: Google Earth / Maxar
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Several rockets landed on Wednesday at Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base that hosts United States, coalition and Iraqi forces, two security sources said.

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The attack caused no significant losses, Iraqi's military said without going into further detail.

It was the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and came two days before Pope Francis is due to visit the country.

About 13 rockets were launched from a location about 8 km (5 miles) from the base, which is in western Anbar province, a Baghdad Operations Command official told Reuters.

The Pope will visit Iraq despite deteriorating security in some parts of the country which has seen the first big suicide bombing in Baghdad for three years.

On February 16 a rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor and injured a U.S. service member.

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