US Condemns Latest Missile Attack On Iraqi Base

Clay Curtis
January 15, 2020

An Iraqi military statement said the camp had been targeted by Katyusha rockets.

On Sunday, four people were wounded after eight Katyusha rockets were fired at Balad air base, which houses us personnel, located about 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, the Iraqi military said in a statement.

"The attack has been described as "fierce" and "violent". The Taji base is located just outside of Baghdad.

Taji is the base where the remaining 45 New Zealand Defence Force personnel are stationed in Iraq.

The scale of the damage at the Ain al-Asad base showed Iran's destructive capability at a time when USA officials say they are still concerned that Iran-backed groups across the region could wage attacks on the United States.

The incidents come amid heightened tensions between the USA and Iran following Soleimani's killing and Iran's retaliatory missile strikes against United States targets in Iraq.

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Camp Taji was not the target in those attacks and no New Zealanders were injured.

Earlier this month missiles were fired at the Baghdad Green Zone, an area in the city centre which houses the US Embassy and the Iraqi parliament.

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

Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, tweeted after the strikes: "We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression". "We're not leaving unless they pay us back for it", Trump said.

"Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned". "To the extent we can use less American treasure and put fewer American lives at risk, we ought to do that", Pompeo said.

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