Sources: US air strike foils rocket attack on Iraqi air base 

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - ANBAR (Iraq), Jan 9 — A US air strike on a rocket launcher late yesterday foiled an attack on Ain al-Asad air base, which hosts US and other international forces in western Iraq, two Iraqi army sources said.

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Iraqi military sources said a rocket launcher fixed on the back of a small truck had been parked in a rural area about 7km to the east of the base, with at least two rockets ready to be fired towards Ain al-Asad.

The US air strike destroyed the launcher, an army official said.

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

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The United States has 900 troops in Syria and 2,500 more in neighbouring Iraq and says their mission is to advise and assist local forces trying to prevent a resurgence of Islamic State, which in 2014 seized large swathes of both countries but was later pushed back.

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.

Iran-aligned militia groups in Iraq and Syria oppose Israel’s campaign in Gaza and hold the US partly responsible. — Reuters

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