Two rockets hit near Iraq airbase hosting US soldiers

Two rockets hit near Iraq airbase hosting US soldiers

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Baghdad: Two rockets hit near an Iraqi airbase hosting US soldiers north of Baghdad on Sunday, three days ahead of a new “strategic dialogue” with Washington, a security source told AFP.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the strike at Balad airbase, which caused no casualties or property damage, but the US routinely blames Iran-linked Iraqi factions for such attacks on its troops and diplomats.

Since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January, Sunday was the fourteenth attack on U.S. interests, including troops, the Baghdad Embassy or Iraq’s supply convoy to foreign troops.

Two Americans and an Iraqi civilian were killed in the attack.

An Iraqi civilian who works in a company that maintains American fighter jets for the Iraqi Air Force was also injured in an attack.

Obscure group experts sometimes call these actions a smokescreen, a smokescreen of Iranian support organizations that have long existed in Iraq.

Qais al-Khazali, a senior pro-Iran figure in the state-sponsored Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force, recently declared that the “resistance” was carrying out attacks and would step them up “unless the US withdraws all its combat forces from across Iraq”.

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