Rockets hit Iraq military complex housing US forces: army

Clay Curtis
December 10, 2019

Four rockets landed inside the Baghdad global airport Sunday night, US military officials have told Fox News, blaming Iran and its proxy forces for the attack.

Security sources said they belong to the Counter-Terrorism Service, an elite unit created and trained by United States forces.

In two separate interviews with Bret Baier and Chris Wallace at the Reagan National Defense Forum at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., Esper said he was not considering adding 14,000 or 7,000 more troops "right now", but refused to rule out smaller numbers in the future.

Security forces found a rocket launcher and several rockets after sweeping the area.

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

The troops are part of the US-led worldwide coalition that has been conducting air raids against IS targets in both Iraq and Syria.

No one has claimed responsibility and no USA forces have been wounded.

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Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have soared since Washington pulled out of a landmark nuclear agreement with Tehran a year ago and reimposed crippling sanctions. 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.

The rockets landed at the military base near Baghdad airport at the southwestern edge of the city, according to a statement by the media office affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command. No casualties or damages were reported following the incident in which at least five rockets hit the Ain al-Assad military base.

American forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011 but returned in 2014 at the invitation of the government to help battle the Islamic State group after it seized vast areas in the north and west of the country, including Mosul, Iraq's second largest city.

The US-led coalition provided crucial air support as Iraqi forces regrouped and drove Daesh out in a costly three-year campaign.

"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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