Rockets hit Iraq base hosting USA troops

A Hercules plane takes off from Balad air base

The Liberal government says it plans to resume the entire mission once the security situation improves.

Iraqi security officials said four members of Iraq's military have been wounded by a rocket attack targeting Balad Air Base, an airbase just north of Baghdad.

At the same time, the sources asserted that although the USA forces knew about the attack, they didn't know what the nature of the attack would be.

"But also the situation in terms of what we're dealing with here".

In a series of tweets by its president, Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian authorities said that a probe into the incident and carried out by its armed forces shows that bombs were fired due to what can be described as human error that resulted in the crash. One U.S. contractor was killed in such an attack in December.

Canada's mission in Iraq has two main elements, the first of which involves about 200 troops who have been training local forces through North Atlantic Treaty Organisation since October 2018 to fight ISIL.

A similar number of Canadian special-forces soldiers have been working in Iraq as part of the US -led anti-ISIL coalition since 2014.

Military bases in Iraq hosting USA troops have been targeted by rocket and mortar attacks from Iran-backed militias in recent months.

In a briefing to parliament, Hossein Salami, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said the missiles it fired last Wednesday on Iraqi bases hosting United States troops were not aimed at killing American personnel.

No one was injured in the attacks, but the Iranian military later shot down a commercial airliner that same night that was carrying 176 people, including 57 Canadians and dozens of others who were flying to Canada.

The Iraqi parliament last week voted to rescind the invitation to foreign troops after a USA strike at the Baghdad airport killed a top general from Iran, which also has wide influence in the country.

Iraqi Shia organizations "gave the opportunity" to the Iraqi government and parliament to diplomatically expel foreign forces from the country, he added.

US President Donald Trump is reported to have also threatened to impose economic sanctions on Iraq after parliament asked Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to remove almost 5,300 American soldiers from Iraq.



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