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February 22, 2024
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Five Rockets Hit Near US Troops, Contractors In Iraq  

At least five rockets have targeted two Iraqi military bases hosting US-led coalition troops and foreign contractors but nobody was hurt in the attacks, media reports on Thursday.

Iraq’s joint operations command said in a statement on Thursday one attack near a military base next to Baghdad’s airport was spearheaded by three explosives-laden drones, and one of the UAVs was intercepted and destroyed.

According to the AFP report, Balad airbase, north of Baghdad, is used by US company Sallyport to service F-16 fighter jets flown by Iraq’s air force and has repeatedly been targeted by rocket fire.

Another US company, Lockheed Martin, withdrew its staff from the base last month amid concerns about the safety of its personnel.

The US routinely blames such attacks — which also regularly target US interests at other installations, including Baghdad airport — on Iran-backed factions.

 

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