Iraq attack: US airbase hit by ’13 rockets’ – just two days before Pope Francis’ visit
The Ain al-Asad airbase was targeted by the attack, which is located in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. The rockets struck the airbase at 7.20am local time (4.20am GMT) on Tuesday, Colonel Wayne Marotto, a spokesman for the US-led coalition forces in the country, said on Twitter.
A Baghdad Operations Command official told Reuters news agency about 13 rockets were launched from a location about 8km (5 miles) from the base.
Another Iraqi security source said the rockets were launched from the Baiader area.
No one was injured in the attack and it is not yet clear who was behind the strike.
The attack on the Ain al-Assad base in Iraq’s western desert comes after several weeks of escalating US-Iran tensions on Iraqi soil.