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A general view picture shows the town of Alqosh, Iraq. File/Reuters
Several rockets landed on Wednesday at Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that hosts United States, coalition and Iraqi forces, two security sources said.
No casualties have been reported so far, the sources said.
It was the second rocket attack in Iraq this month and came two days before Pope Francis is due to visit the country.
About 13 rockets were launched from a location about 8 km from the base, which is in western Anbar province, a Baghdad Operations Command official told Reuters.
On Feb.16 a rocket attack on US-led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor and injured a US service member.
“The US Embassy confirms rockets targeting the International Zone resulted in the engagement of Embassy defensive systems. There was some minor damage on the Embassy compound but no injuries or casualties,” it said in a statement.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrived in Iraq on Saturday as part of a wider trip to the Middle East seeking to de-escalate tensions between Iran and the United States.
US energy giant ExxonMobil looked poised to move ahead with a $53 billion project to boost Iraq’s oil output at its southern fields, a milestone in the company’s ambitions to expand in the country.
When US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you’re not going to stand with us, stand aside.
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