The rocket strike is the latest attack on US forces in Iraq by Iran-backed militias, though nobody has claimed responsibility. Ain al-Asad has also been attacked by ISIS in the past
* A Pentagon spokesman said the US has shown it won’t ‘shy away’ from responding to attacks against its personnel when necessary
* John Kirby was speaking after an attack on the Ain al-Asad airbase in Iraq on Wednesday, during which one US civilian contractor died from a heart attack
* No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but Kirby said ‘Shia-backed militia groups’ have been behind past rocket attacks in the area
* It is the latest in a series of attacks on US forces in Iraq, and comes after Joe Biden launched his administration’s first strike on Iran-backed militants in Syria
* The attack came just days before Pope Francis is due to visit Iraq
The United States has shown that it won’t ‘shy away’ from responding to attacks against its personnel when necessary, the Pentagon said on Wednesday after a rocket attack against Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base, which hosts US coalition and Iraqi forces.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, during which a US national who was working as a civilian contractor died after suffering a heart attack while taking shelter. No other casualties were reported.
The Pentagon said the attack fit the profile of previous assaults by ‘Shia-backed militias’ in the area but that it was too early to attribute responsibility.
Military And Intelligence News Briefs — March 5, 2021