Rockets hit Iraq base housing U.S. forces

Rockets hit Iraq base housing U.S. forces

The U.S. military said Wednesday that two people sustained minor injuries after at least 14 rockets pummeled an Iraqi base that houses U.S. troops and other international forces.

“At approx. 12:30 PM local time, Ain Al-Assad Air Base was attacked by 14 rockets. The rockets landed on the base & perimeter. Force protection defensive measures were activated,” wrote U.S. Army Col. Wayne Marotto, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, in a statement Wednesday.

Marotto added that all U.S. forces were accounted for and that damage was still being assessed on the base, CNBC reported.

It was not immediately clear if those injured were U.S. troops, civilians or coalition forces. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for Wednesday’s rocket attack, though the assault is part of a recent wave aimed at U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.

A day prior, a drone attacked Erbil airport in northern Iraq with explosives. U.S. troops occupy a military air base adjacent to the civilian airport. Earlier in the week, multiple rockets and a drone targeted Ain al-Asad air base and the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.


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