No coalition troops damage in rocket assault at Iraq base | Nation

BAGHDAD (AP) — A barrage of Katyusha rockets focused an Iraqi air base that homes American troops south of town of Mosul on Friday, officers stated. No members of the U.S.-led coalition have been injured.

The rocket fireplace seems to have originated in Mosul and struck the Iraqi military base in Qayyara, about 60 kilometers (38 miles) south of Mosul, the place coalition forces are serving to the Iraqis battle remnants of the Islamic State group, Iraqi safety officers stated. They spoke to The Related Press did so on situation of anonymity below rules.

There was no quick declare of accountability nor was it clear if any of the rockets struck the bottom.

Iraqi officers didn’t instantly say whether or not there have been any casualties, although a coalition spokeswoman later stated no coalition troops had been injured.

“Coalition forces are in Iraq on the invitation of the Authorities of Iraq to defeat ISIS remnants,” U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Marisa Roberts stated, utilizing a preferred acronym for the Islamic State group. “We is not going to be deterred by these assaults and preserve the fitting to defend ourselves.”

Iraq introduced victory over IS two years in the past, however the extremist group continues to be lively via sleeper cells and ceaselessly mount assaults on Iraqi safety forces.

Some hard-line Iraqi militias loyal to Iran have not too long ago threatened to hold out assaults in opposition to Individuals within the nation. The U.S. maintains about 5,000 troops in Iraq.

American forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011 however returned in 2014 on the invitation of the federal government to assist battle IS after it seized huge areas within the north and west of the nation, together with Iraq’s second largest metropolis, Mosul. A U.S.-led coalition supplied essential air assist as Iraqi forces regrouped and drove IS out in a expensive three-year marketing campaign.

The assault on Friday got here as giant components of Iraq, together with the capital of Baghdad and Shiite-majority southern provinces, are engulfed in anti-government protests. Rockets have been fired close to the U.S. Embassy within the closely fortified Inexperienced Zone within the Iraqi capital on a number of events not too long ago.

Mosul, which was largely destroyed in the course of the conflict in opposition to the Islamic State group, lies north of Baghdad and has not seen any anti-government protests.

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