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Saturday Jan 04 2020
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AFP
,
Reuters

Two rockets target Iraqi air base housing US troops

By
AFP
,
Reuters
Katyusha rockets being fired from a vehicle

BAGHDAD: Two Katyusha rockets fell inside Iraq’s Balad air base, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, which houses U.S. forces on Saturday but caused no casualties, two security sources told Reuters.

Sirens immediately rang out at the American compound in Baghdad hosting both diplomats and troops, sources there told AFP. One foreign news agency said five people were injured in the rocket attack. 

The Al-Balad base, north of Baghdad, was hit by Katyusha rockets, security sources said.

The US has feared a backlash against its mission and bases where its troops are deployed across Iraq following the precision drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on Friday.

Mortar attacks in Green Zone injure five

According to security sources, two mortars also hit Baghdad´s Green Zone, a high-security enclave housing the US embassy. 

Iran's top security body vowed to retaliate in the "right place and time" after the United States killed Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday.

"America should know that its criminal attack on General Soleimani has been the country's biggest mistake in west Asia, and America will not avoid the consequences of this wrong calculation easily," the Supreme National Security Council said in a statement.

"These criminals will face severe vengeance... in the right place and time," it added after holding an extraordinary meeting following Soleimani's death.

The council described Soleimani as a "glorious general" who was the "pride not only for Iranians but all Muslims and downtrodden... across the world".

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