Rockets target Baghdad airport base housing US troops

No casualties were reported in the second attack on US interests in Iraq in less than a week.

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On Thursday, reportedly three rockets hit the boundaries of Baghdad International Airport, in correlation with tensions between Baghdad’s allies Tehran and Washington.

On Friday, Iraqi security officials held that the rockets landed near the area of the airport housing US forces. An Iraqi military declaration on the attack said that there were no casualties.

The security forces calmed unfired rockets positioned on the roof of a bare house that was used to launch the attack, the statement said.

It is the second attack on US interests in Iraq in less than a week. On Sunday, five rockets hit another airbase north of the capital, wounding three Iraqi soldiers and two foreign contractors.

There was no instant claim of responsibility for the attack, but Washington routinely blames Iran-affiliated Iraqi factions for such attacks on its troops and diplomats.

The attack was the 23rd against US interests in Iraq – including troops, the US Embassy in Baghdad or Iraqi supply convoys to foreign forces – since US President Joe Biden took office in January. Dozens of other attacks were carried out since late-2019 under the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

In mid-April, an explosives-packed drone slammed into Iraq’s Erbil airport in the first reported use of such a weapon against a base used by the US-led coalition troops in the country, officials said.

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