Rockets fired at Iraqi base housing US troops


BAGHDAD, Iraq — Katyusha rockets on Tuesday night time focused an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad the place US-led coalition forces are primarily based, within the newest assault on American forces within the nation.

Bases the place US forces are stationed have been underneath a gradual stream of rocket assaults for a number of months which have killed one American contractor and one Iraqi soldier.

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On Tuesday, a brand new rocket assault focused the Camp Taji airbase north of Baghdad, the Iraqi navy mentioned, with out specifying what number of rockets hit the bottom.

Police and medical sources informed AFP two Iraqi personnel members had been wounded within the assault.

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The navy instability comes months into mass anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad and the nation’s south, condemning politicians seen as corrupt and inept.

The rallies have persevered all through however shifted to incorporate requires Iraq to be spared any battle between Iran and the US.

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Iraqi Shiite chief Moqtada al-Sadr (C-L) exhibits his ink-stained index finger and holds an Iraqi flag outdoors a polling station within the holy metropolis of Najaf on Might 12, 2018, because the nation votes within the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State terror group. (AFP Photograph/Haidar Hamdani)

Earlier Tuesday, firebrand Iraqi chief Muqtada al-Sadr known as for a peaceable “million-strong march” towards US troops in Iraq, days after parliament urged their departure following Washington’s killing of an Iranian basic in a drone strike.

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“The skies, land and sovereignty of Iraq are being violated each day by occupying forces,” Sadr, a populist Shiite politician and cleric, wrote on Twitter.

He urged Iraqis to carry “a million-strong, peaceable, unified demonstration to sentence the American presence and its violations,” with out giving a date.

Washington on January three killed Iran’s Quds Pressure chief Qassem Soleimani in a Baghdad drone strike that additionally killed a senior Iraqi navy official.

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The Iraqi parliament responded by voting on January 5 to oust international forces — together with some 5,200 American troops — who’ve backed the combat towards Islamic State jihadists since 2014.

Iraq has been in political paralysis for the reason that resignation late final yr of prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, with pro- and anti-Iran factions unable to agree on a candidate to type a brand new authorities.

Protesters have rejected the potential for reinstating Abdel Mahdi.

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“The folks reject that,” mentioned Hussin Ali Abdul Hussein, a demonstrator in Karbala, south of the capital. “We don’t need to recycle the garbage, we would like a chief minister the general public can settle for.”

The protest motion and the following crackdown by safety forces has left round 460 folks useless, largely protesters.

Activists have confronted a marketing campaign of intimidation, abductions and killings.

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