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Iraqi Air Base Under Rocket Fire

FILE - Al-Asad air base is seen in the western Anbar desert, Iraq, Dec. 29, 2019.

The Iraqi al-Asad air base, which houses American troops, is under rocket fire and rounds continue to come in, a military source told VOA.

VOA's Pentagon Correspondent Carla Babb asked if this development means the U.S.'s current response in the region is not working. "The game has changed," the military source said, adding that the U.S. will take "preemptive" strikes if needed to stop attacks on U.S. forces in region.

Rocket and indirect fire attacks are a common occurrence in Iraq, and often the hallmark attack of Iranian-backed militias in the region.

Al-Asad is located in Anbar province, once the heart of the Sunni insurgency, and remains a hotbed of support for IS militants who once controlled major cities like Fallujah and Ramadi and other towns and villages across the Euphrates.

No group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's rocket attack.