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A recent spate of rockets focused an Iraqi base north of Baghdad on Saturday the place international troops are deployed, Iraqi and US safety sources advised AFP, in a uncommon daytime assault.
It was the 23rd such assault since late October on installations throughout Iraq the place American troops and diplomats are based mostly, with the most recent rounds rising deadlier.
Not one of the assaults has ever been claimed however the US has blamed hardline components of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a community of armed teams integrated into the Iraqi state.
A number of Katyusha rockets had been fired on the Taji airbase on Saturday, Iraqi and US navy officers mentioned.
There was no speedy data on casualties.
The US-led coalition’s surveillance capabilities have been impaired by cloudy climate in current days, which the US official mentioned could have contributed to the attackers’ readiness to launch the rockets through the day as a substitute of underneath the duvet of night time.
Taji is overcrowded with members of the US-led coalition serving to Iraq combat jihadist remnants, after models had been moved to the air base from different installations.
It got here three days after an analogous assault on the bottom killed two American navy personnel and a British soldier — the deadliest such incident at an Iraqi base in years.
The US responded Friday with air strikes on arms depots it mentioned had been utilized by Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-aligned faction inside the Hashed.
At the very least 5 members of Iraq’s safety forces and one civilian had been killed, none of them members of the Hashed, based on Iraq’s navy.
Iraq has lengthy feared it could get caught within the spiralling tensions between Iran and the US, its two predominant allies.
They dramatically spiked in late 2019 when a US contractor was killed in a rocket assault on a separate base in northern Iraq, resulting in retaliatory American strikes on Kataeb Hezbollah.
Days later, a US drone strike killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and Hashed deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Iraq’s parliament then voted to oust all international troops from the nation, however the determination has not but been applied.