The Pentagon confirmed that at least ten rockets were launched on the Ain al-Asad airbase on Wednesday morning in the Iraqi province of Anbar. A US coalition statement said that, according to its initial assessment, “10 IDF rockets hit an Iraqi military base, Al Asad airbase, which houses coalition troops, on March 3, 2021 at 7:20 am. about (Iraqi time) ". According to the Iraqi army, there were no significant casualties.
The France Press Agency, in the following hours, reported the following death related to the security threat: "A civilian contractor with the US-led coalition in Iraq died of a heart attack during a missile attack on the Ain air base. al-Assad, in Iraq ”.
This launch could be the response to the recent US attack on some pro-Iranian militia structures in Syria. The raid involved several American F15 fighters, as reported by Pentagon sources. This is the fourth attack against Westerners in a very short span of time, and almost certainly behind it are the pro-Iranian militias.
From 5 to 8 March Pope Francis will be in Iraq, for the first visit of a Pontiff to Iraq. The pope wants to visit several locations, including some former ISIS strongholds such as Mosul. A real security nightmare,
In #Mosul , adjacent to the Biblical city of Nineveh, the four churches which are either damaged or destroyed by ISIS, make up the “Church Square,” the name given to the site that #Pope Francis will visit on March 7 during his historic trip to #Iraq . https://t.co/uY5VkNGFo3 pic.twitter.com/zhelpyY6OD
– Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) March 1, 2021
Despite the reconquest by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the area is still extremely unsafe, with continuous bomb attacks. The Pope would like to reconfirm the bonds of faith with an area that, in ancient times, saw a large Christian community present and alive, but the risk of attacks is very high.
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/10-missili-contro-una-base-usa-in-iraq-a-pochi-giorni-dalla-visita-del-papa-nella-zona/ on Thu, 04 Mar 2021 08:00:56 +0000.