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Rocket hits Baghdad airport in another attack on US forces

By AFP

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A picture taken on March 13th shows destruction at Karbala airport in the Iraqi shrine city, one of the areas targeted by US military airstrikes against a pro-Iran group in Iraq following the deaths of two Americans and a Briton in a rocket attack the previous night on a US base in Taji. [Mohammed Sawaf/AFP]

The Iraqi army said Monday (June 8th) a rocket had struck within the grounds of Baghdad airport, where US forces are deployed, in another attack against American interests in Iraq.

While a wave of similar attacks that began in October has since eased, the latest strike came three days ahead of US-Iraqi talks as part of a "strategic dialogue" including on future military co-operation.

A security official told AFP that the attack caused "no casualties or damage".

Baghdad International Airport is closed under coronavirus lockdown measures in Iraq, which has reported some 13,000 cases including 400 deaths from the disease.

Monday's rocket fire was the 29th such attack against American troops or diplomats since October.

None of the attacks have been claimed, but Washington has accused armed groups backed by Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

In January, a US drone killed IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad airport, sparking a new escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran.

In response, Baghdad's parliament voted to expel all foreign soldiers from Iraqi territory, but the decision was never implemented.

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