Two rockets land at Iraq air base housing US, IS

Two rockets land at Iraq air base housing US, IS

A picture taken on January 13, 2020 during a press tour organized by the US-led coalition fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group shows a view inside Ayn al-Asad military airbase housing US and other foreign troops in the western Iraqi province of Anbar. AYMAN HENNA AFP BAGHDAD - Two Katyusha rockets hit an air base that housed US military experts and agencies in Iraq's western province of Anbar on Saturday, the Iraqi military said.

The two rockets landed at the Ayn al-Asad Air Base near the city of Baghdadi, some 190 km northwest of the capital Baghdad, causing no casualties, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had confirmed on December 29, 2021 the end of the US-led coalition forces' combat mission.

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The incident is under investigation and the Iraqi forces found two rocket launchers several kilometers from the air base, according to a colonel from Anbar Operations Command.

An Iraqi soldier was killed and another wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near their vehicle on the highway near Trebil Border Crossing with Jordan on Saturday, according to al-Dulaimi.

In the eastern province of Diyala, six mortar rounds hit a village at 8 p.m ocal time 1700 GMT, wounding a woman and damaging several houses and civilian vehicles, according to a statement from the Diyala Operations Command.

Over the last few months, Iraqi security forces have carried out deadly attacks against the extremist militants to crack down on their intensified activities.

After defeating the Islamic State IS militant group in 2017 the security situation in Iraq has improved after Iraqi forces defeated the Islamic State IS militant group. The IS remnants have since melted into urban centers, deserts and rugged areas and carried out frequent guerrilla attacks against security forces and civilians.