Rockets hits US troop base; Baghdad international airport

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19th May 2021

By: Norvisi Eyiram Mawunyegah

Estimating three rockets landed in the boundary of Baghdad International Airport late on Thursday in the latest violencecorresponding with tensions between Baghdad’s allies Tehran and Washington. In a statement on Friday by Iraqi security officials said, the rockets landed near the area of the airport housing United States forces but no casualties involved. In a statement, the security forces defused unfired rockets placed on the rooftop of an empty house that was used to launch the attack.

It is the second attack on US interests in Iraq in less than a week. On Sunday, five rockets targetedanother airbase north of the capital, wounding three Iraqi soldiers and two foreign contractors.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but Washington routinely blames Iran-linked Iraqi factions for such attacks on its troops and diplomats.

According to the AFP news agency, the attack was the 23rd bomb or rocket attack against US interests in Iraq – including troops, US embassy in Baghdad or Iraqi supply convoys to foreign forces – since US President Joe Biden took office in January. Lots of other attacks were carried out since late 2019 under the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

In mid-April, an explosives-packed drone crashed into Iraq’s Erbil airport.First reported use of such a weapon against a base used by the US-led coalition troops in the country, officials said.

In February, more than a dozen rockets targeted the military complex inside the same airport.

In the past year, two foreign contractors, one Iraqi contractor and eight Iraqi civilians have been killed in the attacks.

The US has committed to withdrawing all remaining combat forces from Iraq, although the two countries did not set a timeline for what would be a second US withdrawal since the 2003 invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein.