Rockets target Baghdad airport base housing US troops | Conflict News

No direct claim to responsibility for an attack that the Iraqi army said caused no casualties.

Two missiles have fired a base at Iraq’s Baghdad airport, which is hosting US-led coalition forces in the second such attack in 10 days.

One of the projectiles was intercepted by the C-RAM counter-missile, artillery and mortar system used to protect American forces in Iraq, a security source told AFP. There was no immediate claim to responsibility for the attack.

Security officials said the missiles were fired from an area near the airport.

Washington routinely blames the Iranian-affiliated Iraqi factions for such attacks on its troops and diplomats.

Tehran and Washington have both been present in Iraq since 2003. 2,500 US troops are still deployed there.

Last week, three missiles fell into the sector of the Iraqi-occupied airport base in Baghdad, wounding a soldier.

Almost 30 rocket or bombing attacks have targeted US interests in Iraq – including troops, the embassy or Iraqi supply convoys for foreign forces – since US President Joe Biden took office in January.

Two foreign contractors, one Iraqi contractor and eight Iraqi civilians were killed in the raids.

The operations are sometimes alleged by obscure groups, experts say they are fog screens for Iran-backed organizations that have long been present in Iraq.

US forces “occupy”

The attacks come at a delicate time as Iran is holding talks with world powers to get the US back into a 2015 nuclear deal.

A secret meeting between high-ranking officials from Tehran and US ally Saudi Arabia is said to have taken place in Baghdad last month.

Sandwiched between its eastern neighbor Iran and Saudi Arabia to the south, Iraq has worked to become a mediator.