Five Missiles Hit Army Base Hosting US Troops In Iraq

At least five missiles hit a military base in western Iraq which houses US troops, and advisors but no casualties have been reported yet. 

Iraqi officials said that Ain Al-Asad Airbase in the western countryside suddenly came under attack but suffered minor damage only. 

“The rockets were launched from the western side of the base,” Shafaq News quoted the officials, who requested not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The airbase is located 180km west of the capital city Baghdad and is the second-largest US military base during Operation Iraqi Freedom while it also houses the Iraqi Armed Forces.  

In recent months, foreign military facilities around Iraq have been repeatedly targeted with missiles.

No group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s missile attack so far.

The government of Iraq last year announced the end of the international coalition’s combat mission after declaring victory against the Islamic State militants.

Some 2,500 US soldiers and around 1,000 troops from other coalition members still remain in three Iraqi military bases and are engaged in training and advisory roles for the past year.

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