US airstrike foils rocket attack on Iraqi airbase — sources

A US airstrike on a rocket launcher last night foiled an attack on Ain al-Asad airbase, which hosts US and other international forces in western Iraq, two Iraqi army sources say.

Iraqi military sources say a rocket launcher fixed on the back of a small truck had been parked in a rural area about 7 kilometers (4 miles) to the east of the base, with at least two rockets ready to be fired toward Ain al-Asad.

The US airstrike destroyed the launcher, an army official says.

US-led coalition officials are not immediately available to comment on the strike.

Since the Israel-Hamas war began last October, the US military has come under attack at least 100 times in Iraq and Syria, usually with a mix of rockets and attack drones.

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