By Tony Winterburn • 16 March 2021 • 10:48
Multiple Rockets Slam Into Iraq Base Housing US Troops. image: Iraq State Media
Multiple Rockets Slam Into Iraq Base Housing US Troops.
AT least seven rockets were targeted towards an Iraqi air base housing US troops north of Baghdad last night, Monday, March 15, a security source said. The strikes were the latest in a string of attacks that Washington routinely blames on Iran-linked factions.
Reports so far indicate that the evening attack on Al-Balad did not cause any fatalities or casualties and there was no damage caused inside the base.
The other five rockets crashed into a nearby village, he added, noting that all seven were fired from a separate village in the neighbouring province of Diyala, east of the base – there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
There have been several such attacks in recent weeks targeting locations where US forces operate. On March 3, an American sub-contractor was killed in a similar attack against another air base, Ain Assad, in Iraq’s western desert.
That came days after the US bombed a border depot in neighbouring Syria which the Pentagon said was used by Iran-backed Iraqi armed militia that have been tied to the rocket attacks.
US President Joe Biden described the February 25 raid as a “warning” to Iran.
Dozens of rocket attacks and roadside bombs targeted Western security, military and diplomatic sites in Iraq in 2020, blamed by Iraqi and Western military sources on hard-line pro-Iran factions.
The attacks had come to a near-complete halt in October following a truce with the hard-liners, but have since resumed.
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