US contractor dies during rocket attack at Iraq military base

Around 10 rockets hit a military base in Iraq where some U.S. coalition troops are stationed on Wednesday, killing a U.S. contractor, the Associated Press reported.

The attack happened at Ain-al-Asad airbase in the country’s Anbar province, according to coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the AP.

John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesperson, said the contractor had “suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering,” per the AP.

According to the Iraqi military, security forces found the launchpad for the rockets. No major losses were reported.

This attack comes a week after the U.S. struck a militia with ties to Iran along the Iraq-Syria border, per reports.

Last year, Iran attacked the Ain-al-Asad airbase following the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani.

Iraqi security forces are investigating the attack on the base, according to Marotto.

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