Iran fires rockets at US military base in Iraq_1

A US official says rockets have been fired at the Al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which houses US forces.

Iranian state TV said Tehran had launched "tens" of surface-to-surface missiles at Iraq's Ain Assad air base housing US troops early Wednesday (local time).

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

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A US defense official confirmed to CNN that there has been some sort of attack on al-Asad air base where US troops are stationed. The official did not have any more details

Ain Assad air base is in Iraq’s western Anbar province. It was first used by American forces after the 2003 US-led invasion that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein. It later saw American troops stationed there amid the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

State TV said the operation’s name was “Martyr Soleimani.” It said the Guard’s aerospace division that controls Iran’s missile program launched the attack. Iran said it would release more information later.

The strikes follow the American assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Solemaini and the senior commander of an Iran-backed militia in Iraq.

It comes two days after rockets were fired near the US Embassy in Baghdad in the wake of the assassination of Iran’s Major General Qassem Soleimani.

– with AAP