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Another rocket hits US soldiers at Iraq airbase, Mike Pompeo says “outraged”

On Sunday rockets slammed into an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where American troops have been stationed, damaging at least four Iraqi troops

New Delhi: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he was “outraged” over the reports of another rocket attack on the US military base stationed in the north of Baghdad, days after Iran’s attack on two of US bases.

According to sources on Sunday four rockets hit Iraq airbase hosting US troops, military, killing four Iraqi personnel including two military officials.

“Outraged by the current reports of another rocket attack on an Iraqi airbase. I pray for a fast recovery of the injured and call on the Government of #Iraq to hold those expected to justify for this attack on the Iraqi people responsible,” Pompeo said in a Tweet.

“There was a continuation of violations of Iraq’s sovereignty by groups not loyal to the Iraqi government must end,” Pompeo added.

On Sunday rockets slammed into an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where American troops have been stationed, damaging at least four Iraqi troops. There was no immediate information about casualties that were reported, according to media.

Around four rockets hit the Al Balad base, which hosts American trainers, advisers and a company that provides maintenance services for F-16 aircraft. Some missiles fell on a restaurant inside the airbase, said, officials.

The attack came days after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq that housed US forces and caused no casualties.

So far, there has no claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes amid increasing tensions between the United States and Iran over the last two weeks.

On Wednesday last week, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said it launched a missile attack on the US airbase of Ain al-Asad and Erbil in Iraq in retaliation against the death of Major General Qasem Soleimani in an American drone attack on January 3.

Few Iranian strikes appeared to be mainly a show of force and de-escalated tensions that had threatened to turn Iraq into a proxy battleground.

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