US airbase in Iraq hit by rockets – reports

US Vice President Mike Pence visited the base in November 2019Image copyright
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US Vice President Mike Pence visited the base in November 2019

An airbase housing US and coalition troops in Iraq has been hit by rockets, according to US security sources.

The Al-Asad base was reportedly hit by multiple rockets. It is unclear if there have been any casualties.

It come after top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad on Friday, on the orders of US President Donald Trump.

Iran has threatened “severe revenge” for Soleimani’s death.

The White House is aware of reports of an attack and President Trump is “monitoring” the situation.

“We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq. The president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

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