Breaking: Rockets fired into US military base in Iraq

Two Katyusha rockets fell into Iraq’s Taji base that are lived in by US-led coalition troops.

There have been no reports of casualties but is the second day in a row where Coalition troops have been fired upon.

The attack comes as Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi prepares to travel to the United States for talks about Iraq’s future strategic relationship with Washington.

The rockets also come after one of the busiest weeks of attacks against US targets in Iraq for months in which Washington blames such attacks on Iranian-backed militia groups.

On Friday, three rockets landed in the vicinity of Baghdad airport near a military base where American troops are based.

There were also no casualties.

Iraq, where US-Iran tensions have often spilled over into violence, seeks to avoid being drawn into any regional conflagration.

The Middle East came close to a full conflict in January after a US drone strike killed the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis at Baghdad airport.

Iran-aligned militias have sworn to avenge their deaths.

The militias see Kadhimi as having firmly sided with the US since he took office in May, after he ordered an arrest raid against one powerful Iran-aligned group and has indicated he wants to rein in the paramilitaries.

 


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