Rocket hits Iraqi base hosting US troops

US soldiers clearing rubble at Ain al-Asad military airbase in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on January 13, 2020. (File photo: AFP)

A rocket attack on Thursday night slammed into an Iraqi base in the remote province of Kirkuk where American troops are stationed, Iraqi and US security sources told AFP.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

It was the first attack on the K1 base since December 27, when a volley of around 30 rockets killed a US contractor there, which Washington blamed on Kataib Hezbollah, a hardline Iraqi military faction close to Iran.

The US then carried out retaliatory strikes that left 25 Kataib Hezbollah fighters dead and, days later, killed Iran’s pointman on Iraqi affairs Qassem Soleimani.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06