Five rockets fired at Iraqi military base with foreign troops: official

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Rocket attacks have targeted US troops and interests in Iraq in recent months. (Representative)

Fallujah:

Five rockets on Monday targeted an Iraqi military base housing troops from an international anti-jihadist coalition without causing any deaths or damage, a military official said.

A coalition source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said five rockets hit the Ain al-Assad base in Anbar province, according to initial reports.

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“Iraqi security forces have responded. No casualties or damage have been reported at this time,” the source added.

An Iraqi security source in Anbar initially reported three rockets fell near the base, which is controlled by Iraq but hosts troops from a US-led coalition against jihadists from the Islamic State group.

Rockets and armed drones frequently target the Ain al-Assad base. The last such incident, on April 30, saw two rockets fall nearby without causing damage or death.

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A previously unknown group hostile to the US military presence in Iraq, “International Resistance”, claimed responsibility for the attack on a pro-Iranian Telegram channel.

Rocket and drone attacks have targeted US troops and interests in Iraq in recent months. Many are not claimed, but Washington systematically accuses pro-Iranian factions of them.

Iraq announced last year the end of the international coalition’s combat mission after helping the state defeat IS forces.

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Some 2,500 US troops and about 1,000 troops from other coalition members remain at three Iraqi military bases to continue a training and advisory role that began more than a year ago.

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