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Iraq: rockets fired near a base sheltering American soldiers

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It is a strike that should not help to ease regional tensions. Rockets, the source of which is not yet known, fell on Tuesday near an Iraqi base where American soldiers are found, north of Baghdad. The army did not state in its press release how many Katyusha rockets had been fired at the Taji base. Two Iraqis were injured in the attack, medical and police sources told Agence France-Presse.

Since the end of October, dozens of rockets have been fired at Iraqi bases sheltering American soldiers, killing an American subcontractor on December 27. The United States has accused pro-Iranian Iraqi armed factions of being behind the shootings.

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Both camps fight back

In retaliation, the United States bombed Iraqi bases on the Syrian border on December 29, killing 25 fighters from Hachd al-Chaabi, a coalition of pro-Iran paramilitaries integrated into Iraqi troops. The escalation then reached an unprecedented level, with a drone attack on the orders of US President Donald Trump, who killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and Hachd number two, Abu Mehdi al-Mouhandis, at the airport gates from Baghdad on January 3.

Iran retaliated on January 8 by firing 22 ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq that house American troops, with no casualties. Since then, rocket fire against American interests – including the embassy in the Baghdad Green Zone – has resumed almost daily, while the Iraqi Parliament has voted for the departure of foreign troops from the country.

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