Several missiles fell on an air base hosting US and international forces in Anbar Province


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                Two security sources said that several missiles fell on Wednesday morning on the Ain Al-Asad air base in Anbar Governorate (western Iraq), which hosts US, Iraqi and coalition forces.  Western security sources confirmed to France Press that the missiles are Iranian-made "Arches", which are larger than the missiles that usually target Western sites in the country.  

                                    <p>Two security sources said that several rockets fell on Wednesday<a target="_blank" href="الشرق-الأوسط/20201117-العراق-صواريخ-تستهدف-السفارة-الأمريكية-في-انتهاك-لهدنة-أعلنتها-فصائل-موالية-لإيران" rel="noopener"><strong>  Ain Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq</strong></a>  Which hosts US, Iraqi and coalition forces.

The two sources stated that no deaths or injuries were reported so far.

Ain Al-Assad base is located in Al-Anbar Governorate (west).

According to Iraqi and Western security sources, a civilian contractor with the international coalition died of a heart attack following the attack. The sources did not confirm the nationality of the contractor who died following the attack, which occurred two days before Pope Francis’ historic visit to Iraq.

The spokesman for the International Coalition to Combat the Jihadists in Iraq, Wayne Maruto, wrote in a tweet: “Ten missiles targeted an Iraqi military base, Ain Al-Assad base, which includes coalition forces, on March 3, 2021, at around 7:20 pm,” adding that “the security forces Al-Iraqiya is leading the investigation “into the attack, noting that Washington often attributes similar attacks to armed factions loyal to Iran.

The Iraqi security source confirmed that the rockets were fired from a village near Ain al-Assad. For its part, Western security sources confirmed to Agence France-Presse that the missiles that targeted Al-Qaeda were of Iranian-made “Arches”, which are larger than the missiles that usually target western sites in the country.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Both the United States and Iran have a military presence in Iraq, as the United States leads the international coalition that has helped Iraq fight the “Islamic State” organization since 2014, and has deployed about 2,500 soldiers in the country.

For its part, Iran supports the Popular Mobilization Forces, which are part of the Iraqi state, which is a coalition of military factions that includes many groups loyal to Tehran.

France 24 / Reuters / AFP



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