Rocket attack on a military base with US troops in Iraq

(CNN) – U.S., Iraqi and allied forces were hit by at least 10 rockets in Iraq on Wednesday, U.S. coalition officials said.

Iraqi officials said Wednesday morning that the al-Assad air base had been hit by a GRT missile. There were no reports of injuries or damage, and no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Military sources told CNN that the rocket was found in the Al-Baytar agricultural area near the city of al-Baghdadi, 180 kilometers northwest of Baghdad. Sabrin News, a pro-Shiite militant group, posted pictures on its telegram page from the launcher that attacked the site. CNN images cannot be verified independently.

The attack comes less than a week after the US military attacked a base in Syria used by two Iranian-backed militant groups in response to a rocket attack on US forces in the region in recent weeks. This is the first known operation by the US military under President Joe Biden.

The air force was last attacked in January 2020 by retaliated Iranian missiles Kasem Cholaimani, Iran’s most powerful military figure killed in US airstrikes in Baghdad International Airport in 2020 by then – President Donald Trump.

Wednesday’s rocket attack comes two days ahead of a trip to Iraq Pope Francis, And was the first time a pope had visited the country. The Pope will be at the Vatican embassy throughout his trip, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

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