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Another Base Hosting US Troops In Iraq Comes Under Rocket Attack

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Another Base Hosting US Troops In Iraq Comes Under Rocket Attack

ILLUSTRATIVE: A US servicemen is at the Ayn al-Assad airbase that was targeted by Iranian missiles on January 8

Unguided rockets targeted the Iraqi military camp Taji that hosts US troops, the Iraqi military said in a statement on January 14.

The Taji  military camp is located near Baghdad. According to reports, the strike caused no casualties. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The January 14 strike became the second attack of this kind during the past 3 days.

On January 12, four Iraqi personnel were wounded after eight rockets were fired at the Balad airbase, another facility that houses U.S. forces. This base is located about 80 km north of Baghdad.

The tesnsions in Iraq have been growing rapidly since the US military’s assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and other prominent Iranian and Iraqi officers in Baghdad on January 3. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, was killed in the same attack.

The US commonly blames factions of the Popular Mobilization Units for shelling of its facilities in Iraq. Washington describes this part of the Iraqi Armed Forces as ‘Iranian proxies’.

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