US military confirms rocket attack on Ain Al Asad airbase in Iraq

Moscow, Mar 3 (Agency) A spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) confirmed on Wednesday a rocket attack on the Ain Al Asad airbase in Iraq, which hosts US troops, also noting that Iraqi special forces were leading the investigation. “10 IDF rockets targeted an Iraqi military base, Al Asad Airbase, hosting Coalition troops, on March 03, 2021, at approx 7:20 a.m. (Iraqi time) [04:20 GMT]. Iraqi SF are leading the response & investigation. Further information will be released as it becomes available,” OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto wrote on Twitter.

Later, after some confusion ensued in the comments section, as people thinking that “IDF” stands for Israeli Defense Forces, the official clarified that it actually means indirect fire, while “SF” means security forces. Iraq’s security forces claimed there were no casualties in the attack, while some media report at least one. According to Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, a civilian contractor died from a heart failure after the incident, and Al Mayadeen broadcaster wrote on Telegram that the alleged contractor was a US national.