Rockets hit near Baghdad airport, housing for US forces

The Long March-11 rocket, a solid propellant carrier developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, launches six small satellites into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on January 19. (Photo by Xie Shangguo from People’s Daily Online)

Three rockets hit near a main airport in Baghdad, an area that houses US forces, the Iraqi army said on Friday, in the latest in a series of such attacks.

The rockets landed late Thursday in an area where there is also a prison and an anti-terror agency, causing no casualties, the military-linked Security Media Cell added in a statement.

Security forces later dismantled other rockets positioned for launch on the rooftop of an uninhabited house in the area, the statement added.

So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.

On Sunday, several rockets hit an Iraqi airbase, north of Baghdad hosting US forces, injuring two Iraqi guards, the military said.

In recent months, the heavily-fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, home to the US embassy, and facilities hosting American troops in Iraq have been the target of repeated attacks blamed on pro-Iranian groups.

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