American Military Base Hit with Missile Strike in Iraq
Ain al-Asad base hosts U.S. forces and coalition troops
An American military airbase in Iraq has been hit with a missile strike on Wednesday, according to reports.
The Ain al-Asad base, located in western Anbar province, hosts U.S., Iraqi, and coalition troops.
The site was targeted Wednesday as multiple rockets struck the facility, according to a report.
At least 10 missiles struck the base at 7:20 a.m., The Associated Press reported.
No casualties have been immediately reported, according to Reuters.
The rocket fire came just days after sources told Fox News that the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve raised the threat level for U.S. troops serving in Iraq.
U.S. military officials were expecting possible retaliation after Joe Biden ordered airstrikes in Syria last week.
The U.S. strikes were in response to rocket fire that targeted American presence in the region.
That rocket fire killed a coalition contractor from the Philippines outside an airport in Irbil, in northern Iraq, the AP reported.
U.S. officials described the Biden-ordered response as "proportionate" to the preceding rocket fire.
The source of Tuesday’s rocket fire was not immediately known.
The rocket fire also came as Pope Francis planned a historic visit to Iraq for later this week.
The trip will make him the first pontiff to ever visit the country.
Western security sources told AFP that the rockets were Iranian-made Arash models, which are 122mm artillery rockets and heavier than those seen in other attacks on Western targets in Iraq.
Dozens of rocket attacks and roadside bombs targeted Western security, military, and diplomatic sites in Iraq in 2020, with Iraqi and Western military sources blaming hardline pro-Iran factions.
They came to a near-complete halt in October following a truce with the hardliners, but they have resumed at a quickening pace over the past three weeks.
In mid-February, rockets targeted US-led coalition troops in the Kurdish regional capital Arbil, a US military contracting company working north of the capital and the US embassy in Baghdad.