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US-run Ain al-Assad Airbase in Iraq comes under rocket attack

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo shows an American F-16 warplane at the Ain al-Assad Airbase in western Iraq.

A rocket attack has hit the Ain al-Assad Airbase hosting US troops in the western Iraqi province of al-Anbar, the third such incident to target the American interests in the Arab country in as many days.

The Iraqi army said in a statement on Tuesday that two rockets had landed at the base, but the attack caused no casualties, without giving more details.

The Iraqi TV al-Ahd television channel said rocket sirens had gone off at the sprawling installation.

No earlier than on Monday, at least six rockets hit the al-Balad Airbase that houses US forces and warplanes north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

A day earlier, an airbase similarly housing a United States-led coalition’s forces at Baghdad International Airport came under rocket fire.

The triple back-to-back incidents have not been claimed by any party or individual yet, but the US usually blames such attacks on Iraqi resistance groups.

Enlisting scores of Washington-friendly countries, the coalition waded into Iraq in 2014 under the pretext of fighting Daesh. It retains its presence there, although on a smaller scale, despite the fact that Baghdad and its allies defeated the Takfiri terrorist group in late 2017.

Last January, the Iraqi parliament overwhelmingly passed a law ordering the withdrawal of all the US-led forces. The legislation was a response to an earlier US drone strike that martyred senior Iranian and Iraqi anti-terror commanders, Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in Baghdad.

The attacks on American targets have grown in number and frequency since the assassinations that largely angered the Iraqis.

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