Friday, 07 August, 2020

USA base in Iraq hit by rockets, four officers injured

Military Sources Four Rockets Hit Iraq Base Hosting U.S. Troops		Amir Kholousi ISNA via APBreitbart News12 Jan 2020 Military Sources Four Rockets Hit Iraq Base Hosting U.S. Troops Amir Kholousi ISNA via APBreitbart News12 Jan 2020
Deanna Wagner | 14 January, 2020, 15:54

The US troops are ensuring that the Islamic State extremist group does not re-emerge and "providing an opportunity for the Iraqis to gain the sovereignty and independence that most Iraqis want", Pompeo said.

Several people were wounded on Sunday in an attack on the Balad airbase in northern Iraq that houses US personnel, according to the Iraqi military.

It did not state immediately if any death was recorded from the incident, but said the Iraqi military confirmed the attacks, but did not give much details.

"The reason why we postponed it until 11:30 p.m.is that at this point all signs indicated something was coming", she said to reporters who traveled the base.

One rocket knocked down more than a dozen heavy concrete blast walls and incinerated shipping containers used as living space by US soldiers.

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But Pompeo - whose State Department often insists it can not divulge details of his calls - said he heard a different message in conversations with around 50 Iraqi leaders since the start of the month.

"And I think we can achieve both of these goals - reduce our footprint, reduce our risk, while still achieving the American objectives in the region, including in Iraq", he said. Canada is leading that mission, which is based largely in the south of the country around the capital Baghdad.

According to the United States, Soleimani was planning to attack the American diplomats and soldiers in Iraq and West Asia. Officials have said their most recent focus has been on helping Iraqi counter-terror units root out any remaining ISIL cells in the north. Last week, Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house American troops, saying it was in retaliation to a USA airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soliemani.

Those fears proved to be founded as Iran launched ballistic missile attacks against two military bases in Iraq last Tuesday, including one outside the northern city of Irbil where Canadian special forces have been operating for the past five years. Tehran also accidentally shot down a passenger aircraft, killing 176 people.

The attack on the bases came on 8 January, just hours after US Defence Secretary Mark Esper warned US President Donald Trump that he should expect retaliation over the killing of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad last week. It wasn't clear who fired the rockets, which are different from Iran's missiles.