Missile hits near US base in Baghdad international airport, no casualties

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A missile landed in the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport on Monday, the Iraqi military said.

The military said the missile was launched from an area to the south of the airport and there were no reported damages or casualties.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Baghdad’s airport also includes a military base frequented by US troops.

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Security forces have initiated a search operation to uncover the perpetrators, the statement said. An Iraqi security official said the rocket struck close to the headquarters of the US-led coalition.

The attack is the first to target the airport since May 6 when three katyusha rockets struck near its military sector. That attack did not cause any casualties.

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The rockets had struck close to Iraqi forces at the military airport, another near Camp Cropper, once a US detention facility, and the last near to where US forces are stationed at the base.

The US has accused Iran-backed militias of carrying out such attacks in the past.

Several attacks targeted US interests early in March, including three military bases known to house US troops. The US-led coalition has withdrawn from several bases across Iraq in a planned drawdown.

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