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File photo: Iraqi Air Force helicopters land at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq (REUTERS / Thaier Al-Sudani)
At least five Katiusha-type rockets hit the Ain al Asad military base in western Iraq on Wednesday, where US forces are stationed, in the second attack in one day against Iraqi military installations, an Iraqi Army source informed the agency EFE.
According to the source, who requested anonymity, “Five Katiusha rockets hit the Ain al Asad base”, where “US forces are present who work as advisers” to the Iraqi troops, and so far it is unknown if there are human or material losses.
This new attack occurred on the same day that a missile of unknown origin hit a base near Baghdad International Airport., located in the west of the capital, without causing victims.
With this, the attacks in the last three days against positions in which there is or has been a US presence have risen to four.
What’s more, The Ain al Asad base, one of the most important in Iraq and one of the main centers of operation of the international coalition led by the United States that fights against the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS), was yesterday the target of another attack. with two drones that were intercepted before they hit the compound.
These actions coincide with the second anniversary, on January 3, of the death of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and number two of the pro-government armed group Multitud Popular, Abu Mahdi al Mohandes, in a US targeted attack on Baghdad.
The death of these two Shiite leaders prompted broad condemnation of the pro-Iranian militias operating in Iraq, demanding the total withdrawal of foreign troops from the country and In the last two years they have repeatedly attacked positions with a US presence.
In early December the coalition confirmed that, as the United States had agreed with Iraq, its combat mission in this country had ended and that the troops that remain are dedicated to “advising, assisting and training” the Iraqi forces.
However, some of the pro-Iranian militias have branded “lie“Is withdrawing and they threatened to attack the international coalition troops if they remained in Iraq after December 31, 2021.
(With information from EFE)