Pro-Iran militias target bases housing US troops in Iraq, Syria

A Katyusha rocket has struck an Iraqi military base hosting US troops at Baghdad’s international airport, shortly after eight rounds of indirect fire hit a base in Syria where members of the US-led coalition are located, the Iraqi and US militaries said.

No damage or casualties are reported from the Iraq attack, the third in as many days. The attacks started on Monday, the anniversary of a US airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassim Soleimani in Baghdad two years ago.

The attack in eastern Syria hit a base run by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces with a small coalition advisory presence. It also caused no casualties but several rounds landed inside the base, causing minor damage, the coalition says in a statement.

Coalition forces, acting on intelligence, responded swiftly and fired six rounds of artillery towards the point of origin of the attack just outside the eastern town of Mayadeen, a stronghold of Iran-backed fighters, the statement says.

The statement says that “Iran-supported malign actors fired … from within civilian infrastructure with no regard for civilian safety.”

Mourners and security forces attend a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the deaths of General Qassim Soleimani, third photo from left, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, second photo from right, in Baghdad’s Green Zone, Iraq, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. (AP/Ali Abdul Hassan)

US-led coalition forces earlier conducted strikes to eliminate several launch sites of indirect fire rockets near the base known as Green Village, the statement says.

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