Two servicemen wounded in a shelling of a U.S. base in Iraq

Two U.S. servicemen were wounded in a shelling of Ain al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq’s Anbar province, Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica McNulty told Al-Hurra TV on Wednesday, July 7.

The Ain al-Asad Air Base, where U.S. servicemen are stationed, came under rocket fire earlier Wednesday. Col. Wayne Marotto, spokesman for Operation Enduring Resolve in Iraq, said three people were slightly wounded in the attack, two of them American citizens.

On July 3, it was reported that at least seven people were killed and 11 others were wounded in Iraq in recent attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure.

On the same day, militants first blew up sections of power lines in northern Iraq near the cities of Mosul and Kirkuk and then destroyed two transmission towers in the western province of Anbar.

On June 4, The New York Times reported that Iranian-affiliated groups have used drones to repeatedly strike U.S.-used military installations in Iraq in recent months. It noted that small, explosive-laden drones have been used at least three times.

The Ain al-Asad air base is located 160 kilometers north of Baghdad. Last June, Yahya Rassoul, spokesman for the Iraqi military commander-in-chief, said it was the only base in Iraq where troops from the international anti-terrorist coalition led by the United States remain.

On January 5, 2020, the Iraqi parliament voted for the withdrawal of the foreign troops from the country and for the revision of the format of cooperation with the U.S.-led anti-terrorist coalition.

These measures were a response to the U.S. operation near Baghdad airport, which resulted in the killing of an Iranian general and commander of the special unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qasem Suleimani, and the deputy head of the Iraqi Shiite militia, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, on the night of January 3 the same year.