Rocket attack, 3 in 3 days, target America in Iraq: Army

The latest rocket attack is one by one against the airbase at Baghdad Airport. (Representative)

Baghdad:

The Iraqi military said two rockets were fired at a base hosting the Americans on Tuesday, the third such attack in three days and a US government delegation visiting the country.

The military said the two rockets fell on an uninhabited section of the Ain-al-Assad airbase, “without causing harm or casualties.”

The latest rocket attack took place at Baghdad airport accommodation on Sunday night against one airbase of the US-led coalition forces, and another against Balad airbase hosting US contractors north of the capital on Monday night.

No attacks have been claimed so far, but Washington regularly blamed Iraqi factions linked to Iran for such attacks on its troops and diplomats.

Pro-Iran Iraqi groups have vowed to intensify attacks in recent months, sometimes against Tehran’s wishes, according to some experts, to “occupy” US forces.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qadeemi, considered as pro-Iran factions, discussed the presence of 2,500 US troops stationed in Iraq with US envoy Brett McGurk on Tuesday.

The men know each other well – Kadami, in his role as head of intelligence, a position he has retained to date, worked closely with McGurr when he was a representative of the US-led coalition.

The military coalition was established to fight the Islamic State jihadist group, which seized control of a third of Iraq in a 2014 offensive attack.

Iraq declared victory against the jihadists at the end of 2017 and withdrew all its troops since Shi’ite public opinion pressure for the US.

Kadahi and McGurk are working on creating a “timetable for the withdrawal of combat forces from Iraq”, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

About 30 rocket or bomb attacks have targeted US interests in Iraq – including the military, embassy or Iraqi supply convoys to foreign forces – since President Joe Biden took office in January.

Two foreign contractors, one Iraqi contractor and eight Iraqi civilians have been killed in the attacks.

Last month, a drone filled with explosives attacked Iraq’s Arbil Airport for the first time, according to officials who used such a weapon against a base used by the US-led coalition forces in the country.

Dozens of other attacks were carried out in Iraq since autumn 2019 during Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump’s administration.

The operation is sometimes claimed by obscure groups that experts say smoking is necessary for long-standing Iran-backed organizations in Iraq.

The rocket attacks come at a sensitive time as Tehran is engaged in negotiations with world powers that aim to bring the US back to the 2015 nuclear deal.

The agreement, which bans Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, has been on life support since Trump’s withdrawal in 2018.

(This story is not edited by NDTV staff and auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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