Three rockets hit near Baghdad airport used by US troops

Three Katyusha-type rockets early Wednesday struck a military complex near Baghdad’s international airport that is used by US troops and diplomats, Iraq’s military said, without reporting casualties.

The attack was the first time American installations in Iraq have been targeted since late March, after around six months of rocket attacks that killed US, UK and Iraqi troops.

It also comes hours before Iraq’s parliament is set to vote on a long-awaited new government, five months after the current cabinet resigned.

Iraq’s security forces said in a statement that the rockets hit near the airport around dawn and that military units found the launching pad in an area of west of Baghdad.

“The target was the headquarters of the Counter-Terrorism Service, where American troops are based,” a security source told AFP.

The high-security complex also hosts US diplomats moving in and out of the country.

Baghdad’s airport has been closed since mid-March as part of a nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

It has coincided with a relative lull in tensions between the US and Iran after a particularly tense few months.

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