The most prominent attacks on foreign troop bases in Iraq in two years

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The missile attack, which targeted the Ain Al-Assad base in the Iraqi Anbar province, today, Wednesday, comes after similar attacks recently targeting military headquarters where American and foreign forces are stationed within the international coalition.

The following are the most prominent attacks on coalition forces in Iraq during the past two years:

Iranian attack on Ain Al-Assad base in response to the killing of Soleimani

On January 8, 2020, Iran launched a missile attack on Ain al-Assad base in Anbar province, western Iraq, in response to the US drone raid, ordered by former US President Donald Trump, which killed the commander of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Major General Qassem Soleimani. The attack on the base left 109 US soldiers with trauma and concussions.

Katyusha rockets on the Taji base

On August 15, 2020, a Katyusha missile fell on the Taji base, north of Baghdad, and a convoy of companies contracting with the international coalition was attacked with an explosive device, which caused minor damage to the vehicles.

Targeting Erbil airport with missiles and halting air traffic

On February 15, several missiles targeted Erbil International Airport in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, one of them landed in the old airport and caused fires, and the international coalition announced at the time that a civilian was killed and an American soldier and 5 contractors were wounded.

Missiles target the Balad air base near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad

Less than a week later, Balad Air Force Base in Salah al-Din Governorate, north of Baghdad, was hit by a missile attack, which resulted in an Iraqi working for an American company that supervises F-16s, according to Iraqi security sources.

Rocket attack on Ain Al-Assad base, and the death of a civilian contractor

Today, a missile attack targeted the Ain Al-Assad base, which includes American, Iraqi and other forces belonging to the International Coalition in Anbar Province, which resulted in the death of a civilian contractor of a heart attack.

According to a Reuters report – published in August 2020 – the United States is deploying about 5,000 soldiers in Iraq, and the coalition is deploying 2,500 others.

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