3 rockets hit near Baghdad airport

BAGHDAD (AP) – At least three rockets struck near Baghdad International Airport on Thursday evening, the Iraqi army said.

A total of eight missiles were fired and three landed near the airport complex, the statement said. He did not say whether the attack caused any casualties.

The rockets hit areas known to contain Iraqi security forces. One hit near a central prison, the second near an elite counterterrorism service academy and a third near the headquarters of the rapid intervention regiment.

No one claimed responsibility for the attacks. US officials have previously blamed Iran-backed militias.

It is the latest in a series of rocket attacks that have primarily targeted US installations in Iraq in recent weeks. Several rockets hit an Iraqi air base just north of Baghdad on Sunday, injuring two Iraqi security personnel.

Last month, a base in western Iraq housing US-led coalition troops and contractors was hit by 10 rockets. A contractor was killed.

Calls from predominantly Shiite leaders have escalated to oust US troops from Iraq after a US-led drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi militia leader in Baghdad in January 2020.

Strategic talks between the United States and Iraq have focused on the future of the presence of American troops in the country.

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