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Two injured after 14 rockets hit Iraq’s Ain al-Assad air base: US Coalition

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At least 14 rockets landed on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that hosts American and foreign troops, a spokesperson for the United States-led coalition said on Wednesday, adding that two minor injuries have been reported.

The base was hit at approximately 12:30 p.m. local time, according to US Army Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led international military coalition.

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“At approx. 12:30 PM local time, Ain Al-Assad Air Base was attacked by 14 rockets. The rockets landed on the base & perimeter. Force protection defensive measures were activated. At this time initial reports indicate 3 minor injuries. Damage is being assessed,” he tweeted.

The spokesman said that two people sustained minor injuries and that damage resulting from the attack was still being assessed.

Washington often blames Iran-backed militias for such attacks, which are common, but no official claim of responsiblity has been made yet.

The rocket attack comes just hours after a drone hit Erbil airport in northern Iraq with explosives.

Kurdish security sources said the attack on Erbil airport was aimed at the US base on the airport grounds.

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