Mortar bombs hit Iraq base hosting U.S. troops: Military sources

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2020

A volley of rockets hit an Iraqi airbase north of the capital Baghdad on Sunday, injuring four Iraqi air force personnel, the army said.

The paper quoted unnamed Iraqi officials as saying that the US State Department warning came after the Iraqi parliament voted in favour of a resolution demanding the removal of American forces from Iraq following the assassination of Commander of Iran's Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, in a US drone attack in Baghdad. "These continued violations of Iraq's sovereignty by groups not loyal to the Iraqi government must end".

It did not state immediately if any death was recorded from the incident, but said the Iraqi military confirmed the attacks, but did not give much details.

Legit.ng reports that the latest attack comes just when US President Donald Trump, on Sunday, January 12, gave new conditions to embattled Iran as tension grows over the detention of British ambassador Rob Macaire.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has accepted that deescalation was the only solution to resolve the crisis with America.

"The work's not done and we need to make sure that we rid the region of (ISIL) permanently", Conservative defence critic James Bezan said.

An Iraqi army soldier stands guard near a US-made Iraqi Air Force F-16 fighter jet at the Balad Air Base, Iraq.

The decision to "unite and coordinate forces" was taken to fully liberate Iraq from USA forces, Nasr al-Shammari, from the Al Nujaba Movement, told Iraq's official news agency INA. USA officials have insisted Soleimani was plotting attacks on US facilities.

Those fears proved to be founded as Iran launched ballistic missile attacks against two military bases in Iraq last Tuesday, including one outside the northern city of Irbil where Canadian special forces have been operating for the past five years. Tehran also accidentally shot down a passenger aircraft, killing 176 people.

A spokesman for the USA -led coalition in Iraq said no Americans were present at the base when the attack was launched.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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