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5 shells hit Iraq military base housing US forces

Filed on February 1, 2020
iraq base, US military base, Al Qayyara air base hit by shells

(AFP file)

The were no reports of any casualties or damage.

A total of five shells hit a military base housing US forces in Iraq's Nineveh province, the Iraqi army said.

The attack took place on Friday night when the shells landed on the Al Qayyara air base, south of the provincial capital city of Mosul, Xinhua news agency quoted the media office affiliated with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, as saying.

The were no reports of any casualties or damage.

A security source in Mosul told Xinhua that Katyusha rockets landed at the perimeter of Al Qayyara air base without causing casualties.

The attack came a week after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Baghdad upon the request of the prominent Shia leader Moqtada Al Sadr, in which he called for a scheduled withdrawal of US troops from Iraq through peaceful means.

On January 5, Iraq's Parliament passed a resolution requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in the country.

The development came two days after a US drone attack killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi Al Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq's paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces, in Baghdad.

Over 5,000 US troops have been deployed in Iraq to support the country's forces in the battles against Daesh militants.

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