March 14, 2020
A truck loaded with Katyusha rockets is seen in Iraq’s Rashidiya area, after rockets struck the Taji military camp north of Baghdad, in this undated picture obtained on March 12, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS
BAGHDAD (REUTERS, AFP) – Multiple rockets fell on Saturday (March 14) morning inside Iraq’s Taji military base that houses US-led coalition troops, for the second time in a week, security sources said.
An Iraqi colonel inside the base told Reuters he heard at least 10 rockets hit the base and said he could now hear sirens blaring.
The Katyusha rockets fired at the Taji air base in the rare daytime attack came three days after American and British military personnel were killed in a similar attack, the deadliest thus far.
The US responded on Friday with air strikes on arms depots it said were used by hard-line members of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a network of armed groups incorporated into the Iraqi state but which Washington has blamed for rocket attacks.
The United States blamed the Iran-backed Kataib Hizbollah Iraqi militia for the attack on Wednesday and said its air strikes targeted the group. But the official Iraqi casualty figures showed that three Iraqi soldiers, two policemen, one civilian and no militiamen had been killed.
Iraq condemned the US air strikes on Friday, saying they were a violation of sovereignty and targeted aggression against its regular armed forces.
Longstanding antagonism between the United States and Iran has mostly played out on Iraqi soil in recent months.