Rockets Fired at Iraqi Base Hosting U.S. Troops, Iraqi Military Says

No casualties were reported in the strike

Iraqi security forces participate in a drill as U.S. forces help train them in Taji, north of Baghdad, Iraq, March 21, 2015
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The Iraqi military camp Taji north of Baghdad was targeted by Katyusha rockets on Tuesday, with no casualties reported, an Iraqi military statement said.

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No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

The U.S.-led military coalition fighting Islamic State said on Tuesday that no troops were affected in the attack."No Coalition troops were affected by this small attack at Taji Base," coalition military spokesman Colonel Myles Caggins III said in a tweet.

On Sunday, four people were wounded after eight Katyusha rockets were fired at Balad air base, which houses U.S. personnel, located about 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, the Iraqi military said in a statement. Military sources identified the wounded as Iraqi soldiers.

Earlier this month, amid rising tensions after the U.S. assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, there were reports of an airstrike on a convoy of Iran-backed militiamen near the camp.

Hours later, the Iraqi army denied any airstrike had taken place. The U.S.-led coalition also denied carrying out any airstrike.

The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Iran-backed militias, and security officials had reported the airstrike in Taji, north of the capital. An Iraqi security official had said five people were killed and two vehicles were destroyed.

It was not immediately clear if another type of explosion had occurred.