On October 30, Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar, western Iraq, came under rocket attack. The base, which hosts U.S. and other international forces, was targeted with four Katyusha rockets. Initial reports suggest that the rockets may have landed away from the base, and it is not yet clear if there were any casualties or significant damage.
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Iraqi security sources stated that the rockets were fired from a desert area approximately 25 km (15 miles) north of the air base. A search operation has been initiated to locate the attackers.
Notably, the attack comes in the backdrop of a surge in attacks on U.S. interests since the outbreak of conflict in Israel on October 7. Armed groups in Iraq, aligned with Iran, have threatened to target U.S. interests with missiles and drones if the United States intervenes in support of Israel against Hamas in Gaza.