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Iraq: Missiles fired at US base

An American military base in Iraq has apparently been attacked. Ten missiles are said to have gone down. The US did not provide any information about possible victims.

At least ten rockets were fired at a military base used by the US in western Iraq on Wednesday. The missile attack on the Ain al-Assad military airport is being investigated by Iraqi security forces, a US military spokesman said. Recently there had been increased attacks on bases of the coalition for the fight against the jihadist militia Islamic State (IS); on Friday Pope Francis begins a multi-day visit to Iraq.

The base houses Iraqi forces as well as troops from the US-led coalition. The US did not provide any information about possible victims. Iraqi security forces spoke of “no significant casualties”.

Attacks are increasing again

Dozens of rocket and bombing attacks have been carried out on embassies, troops and facilities of Western countries in Iraq since autumn 2019. The US has repeatedly blamed pro-Iranian militias such as the Shiite Hezbollah brigades for the attacks.

Rocket attacks have picked up again over the past three weeks, following relative calm since a ceasefire in October. In mid-February, a civilian military worker in the service of the US Army died in an attack on an air force base in northern Iraq. Rockets were also fired at the US embassy in Baghdad.

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