Two Rockets Target Baghdad Airport Base Housing US Troops

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Two Rockets Target Baghdad Airport Base Housing US Troops

Nearly 30 rocket or bomb assaults have focused American pursuits in Iraq since January. (File)

Baghdad:

Two rockets focused an airbase at Iraq’s Baghdad airport housing US-led coalition troops on Sunday, within the second such assault in 10 days, the Iraqi military mentioned. 

One of many projectiles was intercepted by the C-RAM counter rocket, artillery and mortar system deployed to guard US troops in Iraq, a safety supply advised AFP.

There was no speedy declare of accountability for the assault which the military mentioned prompted no casualties.

Washington routinely blames Iran-linked Iraqi factions for such assaults on its troops and diplomats.

Sworn foes Tehran and Washington have each had a presence since 2003 in Iraq, the place 2,500 US troops are nonetheless deployed.

Final week, three rockets crashed into the sector of the Baghdad airport base occupied by Iraqi troops, wounding one soldier.

Nearly 30 rocket or bomb assaults have focused American pursuits in Iraq — together with troops, the embassy or Iraqi provide convoys to international forces — since President Joe Biden took workplace in January.

Two international contractors, one Iraqi contractor and eight Iraqi civilians have been killed within the strikes.

Dozens of different assaults have been carried out from autumn 2019 beneath the administration of Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump. 

The operations are generally claimed by obscure teams that specialists say are smokescreens for Iran-backed organisations lengthy current in Iraq.

The strikes come at a delicate time because the Islamic republic is engaged in talks with world powers geared toward bringing the US again right into a 2015 nuclear deal.

The settlement, which curbs Iran’s nuclear program in alternate for sanctions aid, has been on life assist since Trump withdrew in 2018.

Professional-Iran Iraqi teams have vowed to ramp up assaults to drive out the “occupying” US forces in current months, generally towards Tehran’s needs, based on some specialists. 

Baghdad final month reportedly hosted a secret assembly of senior officers from Tehran and US-ally Saudi Arabia.

Iraq, wedged between its japanese neighbour Iran and Saudi Arabia to the south, has been angling to change into a mediator.

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