Rockets Hit Iraqi US War Base (REPORT)

Rocket Lands Near Iraqi US War Base (REPORT)

( – Rockets were fired at a US base in northern Iraq on Wednesday night in an apparent attack by an Iranian-backed terrorist group. Six projectiles were launched at Erbil International Airport in the autonomous Kurdistan region, and three of them landed in a US base near the airport complex. No American casualties have been reported and a US Army spokesman said the incident was under investigation.

Kurdish and Iraqi officials condemned the attack, which they’re blaming on elements of the Popular Mobilization Forces. The PMF is a coalition of militia groups formed in 2014 to fight against ISIS; most of the groups are Shia, and their main sponsor is the Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. The last commander of the Qods Force, Qasem Solemaini, was killed in a US airstrike in January. Iran has been threatening to retaliate ever since.

The Kurdish prime minister, Masrour Barzani, called on the Iraqi government to do more to control the PMF. Kurdish officials say the recently sacked commander of the PMF’s 30 Brigade was responsible for Wednesday’s attack.

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