US-Led Coalition Base in Iraq Attacked by 2 Rockets: News Agency

June 14, 2020 Updated: June 14, 2020

CAIRO—Two Katyusha rockets fell in Iraq’s Taji base that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops, with no casualties reported, the state news agency said on Saturday.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Iraq’s Security Media Cell, an official security body that reports on ISIS and other attacks, said in a Twitter post: “Despite our previous warnings to those who are trying to mix cards by tampering with security and threatening our heroic security forces by targeting their camps, these parties launched Katyusha rockets on Saturday from the main street opposite the Al-Nasr facility north of Baghdad, and they fell inside Taji camp.”

Iran-backed militias have been suspected to be behind a number of similar rocket attacks in Baghdad in recent months as the new Iraqi government under Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi commences “strategic dialogue” with the United States about security and counterterrorism, economics and energy, political issues, and cultural relations.

In a June 11 joint statement, both nation’s governments said they agreed that “[t]he United States reaffirmed its respect for Iraq’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and relevant decisions of the Iraqi legislative and executive authorities.”

The statement added that the United States would continue reducing forces in Iraq over the coming months given the “significant progress” made in efforts to eliminate ISIS.

The Epoch Times contributed to this report.