At least 10 rockets struck the Ain al-Asad base, located in western Anbar province, at 7:20 a.m., local time, today (Wednesday) in Iraq.
Coalition and Iraqi forces are investigating to origin of the rockets.
No deaths or injuries were immediately reported, but that could change dramatically as it did last year.
The base was the same one targeted last February in an attack that left about 100 troops with head injuries. Patriot missiles were installed at the base after that attack.
Iraqi forces were leading the investigation into the latest attack, Col. Wayne Marotto, a U.S. military spokesman said.
More info as it becomes available . . .
UPDATE 12:53 PM EST —
Intelligence sources with whom I worked during my years with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force confirm to me that the rockets fired at Ain al-Assad Air Base were Iranian-made Arash-4 type rockets, not Katyushas.
This seriously complicates things. Iran might be “held responsible” for the attack since it is their regular military gear found to have been used. Something small like this can be used as justification for a US strike upon Iran.
UPDATE 1:39 PM EST —
One civilian contractor dead. Confirmed.
The Pentagon has confirmed that one American died after suffering a “cardiac episode” while sheltering during a rocket attack on the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq early on Wednesday morning.
“There are no current reports of US service member injuries and all are accounted for. A US civilian contractor suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering and sadly passed away shortly after,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement later Wednesday.
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White House: “If it turns out that the attack on Ain Al-Assad is backed by Iran, we will respond.”
UPDATE 11:29 PM EST —
Two US contractors killed, six injured in rocket attack on Iraqi Al Assad airbase. (Click to Source)