At least 14 rockets were fired against the Ain Al-Asad base on Wednesday, injuring three people, the US-led coalition said.
This is not the first attack against the compound this year: back in May, it was targeted by a drone attack, but neither US nor coalition troops stationed at the base were injured. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
Initial report: At approx. 12:30 PM local time, Ain Al-Assad Air Base was attacked by 14 rockets. The rockets landed on the base & perimeter. Force protection defensive measures were activated. At this time initial reports indicate 3 minor injuries. Damage is being assessed.— OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto (@OIRSpox) July 7, 2021
In the meantime, several photos have emerged online appearing to depict the aftermath of the attack.
Images circulating reportedly show smoke rising from al-Asad air base in Iraq after a drone/rocket attack. pic.twitter.com/5itQJxOl1f— Kyle Glen (@KyleJGlen) July 7, 2021
Coalition forces remain in Iraq despite the fact that last year, the country's parliament voted to end the presence of all foreign troops in response to a US drone attack near Baghdad International Airport that killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.