Published: Tue, December 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rockets Hit Iraq Military Complex Housing US Forces, 6 Injured

Rockets Hit Iraq Military Complex Housing US Forces, 6 Injured

The world is reportedly dwelling to Iraqi navy installations in addition to the USA forces.

The envoys pressed the government to implement its recent order that the Hashed al-Shaabi security force "stay away from protest locations".

Security sources said the wounded are members of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service, an elite unit that was established and trained by US forces.

Attacks on Iraqi bases hosting USA troops and foreign diplomatic missions come as a wave of protests over unemployment, corruption and lack of public services continue in the country. The U.S. maintains about 5,000 troops in Iraq.

No American forces were wounded in the recent salvoes.

Some 5,200 United States troops are still based across Iraq and are facing a spike in rocket attacks on their positions. The attacks have taken place as the U.S. has grown increasingly concerned that Iran may be planning new provocations against USA troops and interests in the region.

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Iraqi security forces discovered a rocket launcher and some defused rockets nearby after searching the area following the the attack, a statement from Iraqi security forces said.

No group has publicly claimed responsibility for this latest attack on the Baghdad airport. Some U.S. officials see Iran playing a role in the killings in addition to Iraqi security forces.

Last Tuesday, five rockets landed inside the Ain al-Asad airbase, a sprawling complex in the western Anbar desert that hosts USA forces, without causing any casualties and little damage.

And near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, a barrage of Katyusha rockets targeted an Iraqi air base that houses American troops in early November.

Jordan-based Arabic weekly Al-Hadath reported, citing its personal correspondent, that two rockets landed within the space close to the airport.

"It will bring the most massive chaos yet to Baghdad", said Qais al-Khazali, the head of the prominent Asaib Ahl al-Haq armed faction, who was recently blacklisted by the U.S.

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