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British Ambassador Condemns “Terrorist Attack” on Iraqi Base Housing Coalition Forces

British Ambassador to Iraq Stephen Hickey has condemned a rocket attack that targeted Iraq’s Ain al-Asad where the US and Coalition forces are stationed.

“Strongly condemn the rocket attacks on the Global Coalition base at Al Asad this morning. Coalition forces are in Iraq to fight Daesh at the invitation of the Iraqi government,” ambassador Hickey wrote on Twitter, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS).

“These terrorist attacks undermine the fight against Daesh and destabilise Iraq,” he added.

Earlier the day, at least 10 rockets were fired at Ain al-Asad in Iraq’s western province of Anbar. Iraqi security sources said no one was hurt and the attack caused no damages as the rockets had laded outside the perimeters of the base.

“10 indirect fire rockets targeted an Iraqi military base, Al Asad Airbase, hosting Coalition troops, on March 03, 2021 at approx 7:20 a.m. (Iraqi time). Iraqi SF are leading the response and investigation. Further information will be released as it becomes available,” Wayne Marotto, a spokesperson for the US-led Global Coalition said.