BAGHDAD (AP) — At least three rockets struck near Baghdad International Airport and an adjacent military base that hosts U.S. and other coalition advisers on Friday, damaging an abandoned commercial plane but causing no casualties, officials said. Iraqi officials said.
The rockets struck early in the morning and landed between the civilian and military areas of the airport, two security officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the press.
Iraqi Airways, the country’s main carrier, said in a statement that the attack damaged one of its out-of-service planes parked near the airport, but operations were proceeding normally and there were no delays. was planned.
The attack is the latest in a series of rocket and drone strikes that have targeted the US presence in Iraq since the start of the year, following the second anniversary of the US strike that killed Iranian General Qassim Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Pro-Iranian Shia factions in Iraq have vowed revenge for Soleimani’s killing and have made an end to the attacks conditional on the full exit of US troops from the country.
The US-led coalition officially ended its combat mission supporting Iraqi forces in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group last month. Some 2,500 troops will remain as the coalition transitions to an advisory mission to continue supporting Iraqi forces.