Iraqi Military Foiled Rocket Attack On Ain Assad Airbase Hosting US Troops (Photos)

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Iraqi Military Foiled Rocket Attack On Ain Assad Airbase Hosting US Troops (Photos)

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Late on April 8, the Iraqi military foiled a rocket attack on Ain Assad Air Base, where US troops are known to be deployed.

The Security Media Cell said in a statement that a vehicle with a hidden launcher loaded with 24 rockets was found parked near the base, which is located in the western province of al-Anbar. A number of military uniforms were also found in the vehicle.

According to the statement, investigations are undergoing to determine the side responsible for the attack attempt. Legal action will be taken against the preparators.

Sabereen News, a Telegram channel affiliated with pro-Iranian groups in Iraq, released photos of the improvised rocket launcher. According to the channel, the launcher was loaded with 24 Grad 122 mm rockets.

A group calling itself Khyber Brigade shelled Ain Assad Air Base with a salvo of Iranian-made Arash-4 rockets on March 3. An American contractor died during the attack, allegedly from a “heart attack.”

A recently-leaked Iraqi defense document revealed that 3,100 US troops are currently present in Ain Assad Air Base, where dozens of warplanes and several air-defense systems are deployed.

The attack attempt on Ain Assad was likely the work of pro-Iranian groups, which have been attacking US troops in Iraq since the the assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, and Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qassim Soleimani more than a year ago.

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