Wednesday, 07 Jul 2021 16:17
According to Al Masirah news channel(link is external), the Thar Al-Muhandis Brigade group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Ain al-Asad air base which hosts US and other international forces in western Iraq.
Fourteen rockets were fired on Wednesday at the base, Colonel Wayne Marotto, the official US military Spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) of the Coalition to Defeat Daesh (ISIS), confirmed in a tweet(link is external). “The rockets landed on the base and perimeter. Force protection defensive measures were activated. At this time initial reports indicate 3 minor injuries. Damage is being assessed,” he wrote. In a later tweet(link is external) he said two personnel had sustained minor injuries and damages were still being assessed.
“Coalition forces are co-located with our ISF and Peshmerga partners on ISF bases. Each attack against the Coalition endangers the lives of ISF and Peshmerga forces,” Colonel Marotto said in another tweet, adding: “Each attack against the GoI, KRI and the Coalition undermines the authority of Iraqi institutions, the rule of law and Iraqi National sovereignty.”
This is the second attack on Ain al-Asad this week. An earlier attack on Monday had no casualty.