A barrage of Katyusha rockets focused an Iraqi air base that homes American troops south of the town of Mosul on Friday, two safety officers stated. There was no speedy phrase of casualties from the assault.
The rocket hearth seems to have originated in Mosul and struck the Iraqi military base in Qayyara, about 60 kilometers (38 miles) south of Mosul, the place a U.S.-led coalition helps Iraqi forces battle remnants of the Islamic State group.
The Iraqi officers who spoke to The Related Press did so on situation of anonymity underneath rules.
There was no speedy declare of accountability nor was it clear if any of the rockets struck the bottom.
Iraq introduced victory over ISIS two years in the past, however the extremist group remains to be energetic via sleeper cells and continuously mount assaults on Iraqi safety forces.
Some hard-line Iraqi militias loyal to Iran have lately threatened to hold out assaults in opposition to Individuals within the nation. The U.S. maintains about 5,000 troops in Iraq.
American forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011 however returned in 2014 on the invitation of the federal government to assist battle ISIS after it seized huge areas within the north and west of the nation, together with Iraq’s second largest metropolis, Mosul. A U.S.-led coalition supplied essential air assist as Iraqi forces regrouped and drove IS out in a expensive three-year marketing campaign.
The assault on Friday got here as massive components of Iraq, together with the capital of Baghdad and Shiite-majority southern provinces, are engulfed in anti-government protests. Rockets have been fired close to the U.S. Embassy within the closely fortified Inexperienced Zone within the Iraqi capital on a number of events lately.
Mosul, which was largely destroyed through the battle in opposition to the Islamic State group, lies north of Baghdad and has not seen any anti-government protests.