Rockets Hit Iraq Airbase Hosting US Forces, No Casualties Reported

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2020

No formal claim of responsibility for the attack had been made as of Monday morning.

The committee chairman stated that the share of Russian weaponry in Iraq's air defence forces should exceed 50 per cent, noting that Russian armaments are cheaper than their American analogues.

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

Iran launched a missile attack on USA targets in Iraq in retaliation for the death of General Qassem Soleimani, a move that heightened fears of a wider Middle East conflict.

The killing raised fears of a new Middle East war, but the United States, Iraq and other countries with troops at the base said no one was hurt. "Right now, this base is not created to defend against missiles".

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

Lt Col Coleman recalled that by 10pm all staff in her care had taken cover.

"The people reject that", said Hussin Ali Abdul Hussein, a demonstrator in Karbala, south of the capital.

The assault, soldiers said, went on for two hours.

Rouhani said: "Given the importance of security of the region. we've chose to have more consultations and cooperation for the security of the entire region". "They knew what they were aiming at by targeting the airfield and parking area".

It was the latest strike against an air base that has figured prominently in high-ranking U.S. officials' visits to Iraq.

"The attack has been described as "fierce" and "violent".

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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