Karbala airport, one of sites targeted by US air strikes - 13 MarchPicture copyright
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Iraq’s navy warned in opposition to additional US retaliation like this assault on an airport in Karbala

Three service personnel from the US-led coalition in Iraq and two Iraqis have been injured in a rocket assault on a navy base north of Baghdad, the coalition has mentioned.

The Iraqi navy mentioned greater than 30 rockets had been fired at Camp Taji base.

That is the second assault this week on the bottom. On Wednesday, rockets killed two American troops and one British soldier there.

The US responded with air strikes focusing on an Iranian-backed militia.

Nonetheless, Iraqi officers say that Iraqi troopers and policemen had been killed within the strikes.

The Iraqi navy says the newest assault on Taji should not be utilized by the US as a pretext for any motion with out Iraq’s approval.

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Taji base, about 15km (9 miles) north of Baghdad, hosts international troops from the US-led coalition, whose mission is to coach and advise Iraqi safety forces.

Iraq’s Joint Operation Command mentioned 33 Katyusha rockets had been launched on the bottom. Seven rocket launchers and 24 unused rockets had been later discovered close by.

No-one has but mentioned they carried out the assault.

Wednesday’s lethal assault on the bottom prompted US strikes focusing on 5 weapons storage services throughout the nation, the US defence division mentioned.

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The Camp Taji navy base, after Wednesday’s rocket assault that killed two Individuals and a British soldier

The Iraqi navy says three troopers, two policemen and a civilian had been killed within the US counter-strikes.

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It mentioned the US had carried out “a blatant assault” on Iraqi navy websites in Babil province and an airport underneath building in Karbala province. It additionally mentioned the headquarters of the Standard Mobilisation (PM) forces – an umbrella militia which is formally a part of the Iraqi safety forces – had been hit.

Earlier, a US commander mentioned Kataib Hezbollah – probably the most highly effective teams within the PM – was prone to have fired the rockets.

The US accuses Iran-backed militias of 13 related assaults on Iraqi bases internet hosting coalition forces prior to now yr.

The killing of an American civilian in a single such incident in December triggered a spherical of violence which finally led Mr Trump to order the assassination of high Iranian normal Qasem Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis the next month.

What is the background?

Tensions between arch-foes the US and Iran intensified final yr. In late December, a rocket assault on an Iraqi navy base killed a US civilian contractor, prompting retaliatory air strikes.

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Media captionInside a US base hit by missiles in December

The US embassy in Baghdad was then attacked by crowds of protesters, and President Trump warned Iran it could “pay a really huge value”.

On three January, Mr Trump authorised a drone strike close to Baghdad airport that killed Qasem Soleimani – commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps’ Quds Drive and architect of Iranian coverage within the Center East – and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

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5 days later, Iran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases internet hosting US forces. The assault left greater than 100 US troops with traumatic mind accidents.

There are about 5,000 US personnel and a whole bunch extra from different international locations in Iraq. They’re deployed on the request of the federal government however the parliament handed a invoice following Soleimani’s killing demanding the invitation be rescinded.