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Wednesday, March 03, 2021, 17:01
Rockets land at Iraqi air base hosting US forces
By Reuters
Wednesday, March 03, 2021, 17:01 By Reuters

In this file photo taken on Feb 16, 2021, a worker cleans shattered glass outside a damaged shop following a rocket attack the previous night in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region. (SAFIN HAMED / AFP)

BAGHDAD - At least 10 rockets landed on Wednesday at Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that hosts United States, coalition and Iraqi forces, the Iraqi military said.

It was the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and came two days before Pope Francis is due to visit the country.

The attack caused no significant losses, Iraqi’s military said without going into further detail.

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It was the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and came two days before Pope Francis is due to visit the country

A Baghdad Operations Command official told Reuters earlier that about 13 rockets were launched from a location about 8 km from the base, which is in western Anbar province.

Another Iraqi security source and a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the rockets were launched from the Baiader area, west of Baghdadi city.

The pope will visit Iraq from March 5-8 despite deteriorating security in some parts of the country.

This AFP graphic dated Jan 9, 2014 shows the map of Iraq locating Ramadi, Fallujah, Anbar province and the roads to Jordan and Syria.

On Feb 16 a rocket attack on US-led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor and injured a US service member.

READ MORE: Rocket attack kills 1, injures 6 in Iraq base hosting US troops

US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led coalition, said on Twitter that the rockets targeted the base at 7:30 am Iraq time on Wednesday.

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