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Wed Mar 3, 2021, 05:41 PM

US contractor dies during rocket attack on military base in Iraq

Earlier DU thread in Latest Breaking News: US forces: Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops

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Source: Agence France-Presse

US contractor dies during rocket attack on military base in Iraq

Agence France-Presse in Baghdad
Wed 3 Mar 2021 17.54 GMT

A US contractor has died of cardiac failure after rocket fire hit an Iraqi base hosting American-led troops on Wednesday, the Pentagon said, two days before Pope Francis’ visit to the country.

About 10 rockets struck the Ain al-Assad military base in Iraq’s western desert after several weeks of escalating tensions between the US and Iran on Iraqi soil.

“A US civilian contractor suffered a cardiac episode while sheltering and sadly passed away shortly after,” the US defence department said, noting there were no current reports of injuries among US service personnel.

The pope was quick to say he would go ahead with the first-ever papal visit to the country so as not to disappoint the Iraqi people.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/03/us-contractor-dies-during-rocket-attack-on-military-base-in-iraq

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