Two rockets target coalition troops in Iraq, no casualties

Two rockets targeting a base in western Iraq housing US-led coalition troops crashed near the compound on Saturday with no casualties or damage, security sources said.

“Two rockets fell outside the Iraqi base of Ain al-Asad,” a statement from the security forces said, adding that there were no “casualties”.

The base, controlled by Iraq, is located in the desert of the western province of Anbar and hosts foreign troops from the coalition fighting ISIS.

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A coalition official told AFP that there were “no reported impacts to the facility” and “no injuries to coalition personnel were reported”.

A previously unknown group calling itself “International Resistance” claimed responsibility for the attack on a pro-Iranian channel on the Telegram messaging app.

Rockets and drones frequently target the Ain al-Asad base.

On April 8, the coalition said it shot down an armed drone targeting the facility, reporting no casualties or damage.

Dozens of rocket attacks and armed drones have targeted US troops and interests in Iraq in recent months.

Western officials have blamed hardline pro-Iranian factions for the attacks, most of which go unclaimed.

The coalition ended its combat mission in Iraq in December, four years after the government in Baghdad declared victory over the extremists.

But about 2,500 US troops and 1,000 coalition troops remain deployed at three Iraqi-controlled bases across the country, including Ain al-Asad, to provide training, advice and assistance to national forces.

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