Five missiles fired at Iraq military base with foreign troops: official


In recent months, missile strikes have targeted US forces and interests in Iraq. (representative)


Five missiles were aimed at an Iraqi military base carrying troops from an international anti-jihadist coalition on Monday without causing deaths or damage, a military official said.

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

“Iraqi security forces have responded. So far, no casualties or damage have been reported,” the source added.

An Iraqi security source in Anbar had initially reported that three missiles had fallen near the base, controlled by Iraq but carrying troops from a US-led coalition against Islamic State jihadists.

Missiles and armed drones regularly target Ain al-Assad’s base. In the last such incident on April 30, two missiles fell nearby without causing damage or deaths.

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

Missile and drone strikes have targeted US forces and interests in Iraq in recent months. Many go unclaimed, but Washington systematically blames them on the pro-Iranian factions.

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

About 2,500 US soldiers 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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