US, UK Troops Among 3 Dead In Iraq Rocket Attack

Rockets hit an Iraqi army base north of Baghdad. (Representational)

Baghdad, Iraq:

An American soldier and a British soldier, in addition to one US contractor, had been killed Wednesday when rockets hit an Iraqi army base north of Baghdad, a US army official mentioned.

It was the deadliest assault on an set up internet hosting overseas troops in a number of years and comes after a spate of rocket assaults concentrating on US troops throughout Iraq in addition to the US embassy in Baghdad.

There was no quick declare of accountability however Washington has blamed Iran-backed factions for related assaults.

The Iraqi military had earlier mentioned the assault towards the Taji base didn’t wound anybody or trigger any injury, in what was the 22nd assault towards American army pursuits within the nation since late October.

Earlier rocket assaults concentrating on US troopers, diplomats and services in Iraq in latest months have killed one US contractor and an Iraqi soldier.

Two days after the loss of life of an American in rockets fired on an Iraqi army base in Kirkuk on the finish of final yr, the US military hit 5 bases in Iraq and Syria utilized by the pro-Iran armed faction Kataeb Hezbollah.

Tensions then rose additional between arch foes Washington and Tehran, resulting in the assassination in Baghdad on January three of the highly effective Iranian army commander Qasem Soleimani and an Iraqi paramilitary commander in a US drone strike.

Iran retaliated by launching a volley of missiles at an Iraqi base internet hosting US troopers days later.

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The US leads a global coalition — comprised of dozens of nations and hundreds of troopers — fashioned in Iraq in 2014 to confront the Islamic State, a jihadist group that Baghdad declared defeated in late 2017.

Whereas IS has misplaced its territory, sleeper cells stay able to finishing up assaults.

The Iraqi parliament voted to expel all overseas troopers from the nation within the wake of the killing of Soleimani, a choice that have to be executed by the federal government.

The outgoing authorities, which resigned in December within the face of mass protests, has but to get replaced resulting from an absence of settlement in parliament — one of the divided in Iraq’s latest historical past.

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