Iraqi Military Says 3 Rockets Strike Near Baghdad Airport

No immediate casualties were reported and there was no claim of responsibility

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A general view of the U.S. Embassy at the Green zone in Baghdad, Iraq January 7, 2020.
A general view of the U.S. Embassy at the Green zone in Baghdad, Iraq January 7, 2020.Credit: STRINGER/ REUTERS
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Three Katyusha rockets landed in the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport on Wednesday, the Iraqi military said.

The military said it found a rocket launcher with a timer in a rural area in western Baghdad, and there were no reported damages or casualties.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The rockets were fired from the Bakriya neighbourhood, about 6 km (4 miles) northeast of the airport, and security forces were deployed to search the area, security sources said.

Security officials said it was not immediately clear whether a military base which hosts U.S. troops near the airport was the target of the attacks.

Iran-backed paramilitary groups have regularly been rocketing and shelling bases in Iraq that host U.S. forces and the area around the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

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