Rockets Strike Iraqi Airbase Hosting U.S. Led Coalition

At least 10 rockets have struck the Ain al-Assad Air Base in Anbar province which hosted U.S.-led coalition troops.

Col. Wayne Marotto, the military spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve confirmed that the attack occurred at 7:20 a.m. local time.

Major General Tahseen al-Khafaji of the Iraqi security forces reported no losses during the attack and that security forces had found the launch pad used for the missile.

The attack occurred two days before Pope Francis was scheduled to visit Iraq and a week after the US conducted an airstrike at the Syrian border. 

Ain al-Assad airbase is occupied by Iraqi forces and US-led coalition troops to fight IS cells in the area as well as the drones for surveillance ops. 

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but previous rocket barrages were attributed by the US to Iran-backed militias in the country.

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