Unidentified assailants fired a barrage of Katyusha rockets at Qayyarah air force base where US forces are based. The attack did not result in any casualties.
“At approximately 7:45 p.m. several rockets impacted the Iraqis’ Qayyarah base. No coalition troops were injured,” US Marine Corps Captain Marisa Roberts, a spokeswoman for the Combined Joint Task Force in Iraq, confirmed to Rudaw via email. “Coalition forces are in Iraq at the invitation of the Government of Iraq to defeat ISIS remnants; we will not be deterred by these attacks and maintain the right to defend ourselves.”
The attack consisted of 17 rockets, 7 of which exploded in the air, according to initial reports from Iraqi security and political officials.
The Associated Press reported that the rocket fire originated in the city of Mosul, which was liberated from ISIS in 2016 by a combined force of Iraqi, Kurdish, and US-led coalition forces. Qayyarah base is approximately 60 kilometres south of Mosul.
This is the latest in a series of sporadic attacks targeting bases that host coalition forces, including a thwarted missile attack intended to strike Ain al-Asad air base in February and multiple rocket and mortar attacks on Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone over the past few months. These more recent attacks, which seem to be escalating in frequency, come amidst a time of increasing turmoil and social unrest, as volatile protests throughout Baghdad and the southern provinces show no signs of abating, refugees from northern Syria continue to pour into the country, and the Turkish air force regularly bombs Kurdish areas of northern Iraq.