Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-03-03 05:55:00 –
Baghdad >> At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq hosting a US-led coalition on Wednesday, the coalition and Iraqi forces said. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.
Coalition spokesman Colonel Wayne Marotte said the rocket attacked Ein Al Asad Airbase in Ambal at 7:20 am. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Iraqi army issued a statement that the attack did not cause significant loss and that security forces had found a launch pad used for the rocket. Iraqi military officials said they were found in the Al-Baghdadi area of Ambar to discuss the attack with the media, subject to anonymity.
This was the first attack since the United States last week attacked a target of militias allied with Iran along the Iraq-Syrian border. In the United States, there was a drone strike outside Bagdad Airport that killed General Kasim Soleimani of Iran.
The attack on Wednesday targeted the same base Iran attacked with a missile barrage last January in retaliation for the killing of Solei Mani. Dozens of U.S. military personnel were injured and suffered a concussion on the strike.
British ambassador to Iraq, Stephen Hicky, accused the attack of weakening the ongoing fight against Islamic State groups. “The Allies are in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to fight Daesh,” he tweeted using the Arabic acronym for IS. “These terrorist attacks undermine the fight against Daesh and destabilize Iraq.”
Denmark, which has troops at its base as well as the United States and Britain, said it helped the Al Asad Airbase forces bring stability and security to the country.
“# A sneaky attack on Iraq’s Ein Al Asad Airbase is completely unacceptable,” Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod tweeted. Danish troops said the two Danes in the camp at the time of the attack were unharmed.
The attack on Wednesday occurs two days before Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq on a long-awaited trip that includes Baghdad in southern Iraq and the city of Erbil in northern Iraq.
A US strike along the border last week responded to a series of rocket attacks targeting US presence, including the killing of a coalition contractor from the Philippines outside Ilville Airport.
After the attack, the Pentagon said the strike was a “proportional military response” taken after consulting with coalition partners.
Mr Marotte said Iraqi security forces are leading the investigation into the attack on Ein Al Asad.
Iraqi US troops have significantly reduced their presence in Iraq last year under the Trump administration. The military withdrew from several Iraqi bases nationwide, primarily to integrate into Ein Al Asard and Bagad.
During President Donald Trump’s tenure, frequent rocket attacks targeting the highly fortified green zone that houses the U.S. embassy have frustrated the administration, leading to embassy closures and the threat of escalating strikes. I did.
Jan M, an Associated Press writer in Copenhagen, Denmark. Olsen contributed to this report.
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