Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pompeo slams rocket attack

Pompeo slams rocket attack

Iraq's parliament on January 5 adopted a resolution calling for foreign troops to leave the country in the wake of a USA air strike that killed a top military commander from Iran, whose influence in the country rivals that of the United States.

However, news broke that Iran had informed Iraq's caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi that a missile attack on one of the country's bases hosting U.S. troops was imminent.

"Who thinks they're going to have ballistic missiles launched at them. and suffer no casualties?"

That death set off a series of dramatic developments, with the United States carrying out strikes against a pro-Iran paramilitary group in Iraq as well as a convoy carrying top Iranian and Iraqi commanders outside Baghdad airport.

But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected that notion and said there was quote "no doubt" that Iran had the "full intention" of killing USA personnel.

Following the US's assassination of Soleimani, the Iraqi parliament passed a non-binding resolution last week asking the government to expel foreign troops and to cancel the ongoing request for military assistance from the US-led coalition.

The destruction didn't end there: heavy concrete blast walls were knocked over and shipping containers were smashed, their contents of bicycles, chairs and other furniture also destroyed.

The US did not have Patriot air defenses at the base, and soldiers relied on local commanders to protect their troops.

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No Americans were at the air base during the attack, according to a coalition spokesperson. USA soldiers inspected portable homes destroyed in the attack.

Three and a half hours later the missiles started arriving.

Iraq has sought to purchase such a system from Russian Federation since 2017, but has been held back by pressure from the U.S. Turkey has purchased the S-400 system from Russian Federation, a move that caused considerable tension between the country and the Trump administration.

"When a rocket strikes that's one thing; but a ballistic missile, it's like terror", said staff Sgt Armando Martinez, who had been on casualty watch. "The other day, after the attack, one colleague saw an actual shooting star and panicked".

The helicopters had been moved but it destroyed two light hangars and badly damaged portacabins nearby.

The Liberal government says it plans to resume the entire mission once the security situation improves. "They knew what they were aiming at by targeting the airfield and parking area". It is home to approximately 1,500 members of the USA military and coalition that are fighting the militant group of the Islamic State.

Four members of Iraq's military were wounded in a rocket attack on a base north of Baghdad, Iraq's military said Sunday.

The Iraqi military didn't reveal who was behind the attack, and made no mention of the tensions between Iran and the United States, Reuters reported.

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