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Australia Rockets target Iraqi military base where Australian troops are stationed

07:25  15 january  2020
07:25  15 january  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

Rockets target Taji military base north of Baghdad - statement

  Rockets target Taji military base north of Baghdad - statement Iraqi camp Taji north of Baghdad was targeted by Katyusha rockets on Tuesday, with no casualties reported, an Iraqi military statement said.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. 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.

Iraq ’s military announced late Friday that an air base where US troops are stationed was hit by mortar shells in an attack that resulted in no casualties.

Several rockets have been fired at the Al Asad Air Base in western Iraq and a military facility in Irbil in northern Iraq . Iran's state-run TV network confirmed Following the attack, Iraqi lawmakers approved a resolution to expel U.S. troops from the country. U.S. forces were on high alert for an attack after

a man wearing a red shirt and glasses: Defence Minister Linda Reynolds says no Australians were injured in the rocket attack.© James Alcock Defence Minister Linda Reynolds says no Australians were injured in the rocket attack.

Almost 300 Australian troops are stationed at an Iraqi military base targeted by at least two rockets on Wednesday morning.

No casualties were reported in the attack on the Taji airbase, located 85 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad.

Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said all Australian personnel were accounted for and safe and no Australians were in the immediate vicinity of the attack.

"We've had 300-plus Australians at Taji for several years working to train the Iraqi security forces in countering terrorism," Senator Reynolds told Perth radio station 6PR.

Where US troops are in the Middle East, and could now be a target

  Where US troops are in the Middle East, and could now be a target The United States has tens of thousands of military personnel at bases and aboard ships across the Middle East, as well as arrangements with various countries to move soldiers and military equipment through airstrips and ports. Here’s a look at some of these places, which could now be targeted.Iraq: Estimated 6,000 troopsUS officials won’t say exactly how many troops there are in Iraq or where they are based. There are an estimated 6,000 troops stationed across the country, including in the Green Zone, Baghdad’s walled-off diplomatic area, and at al-Asad Air Base, where Vice President Mike Pence visited US troops in November.

Iraqi camp Taji north of Baghdad was targeted by Katyusha rockets on Tuesday, with no casualties The U.S.-led military coalition fighting Islamic State said on Tuesday that no troops were affected in On Sunday, four people were wounded after eight Katyusha rockets were fired at Balad air base

Most American soldiers stationed at the Balad base had already left amid soaring tensions between Washington and Tehran. At least six mortar shells fell inside the Balad air base north of Baghdad on Sunday, wounding four Iraqi soldiers, Iraq 's military said.

"Yes we do have nearly 300 troops in the base… [but] all Australian personnel have been accounted for and safe and in fact we didn't have any personnel in the vicinity of the attack."

Asked whether Australia was reviewing its presence in Iraq in the wake of the US-Iran tensions, she said: "We are always closely monitoring what is happening in a very volatile region of the world".

"Every week [we] review that at the national security committee of cabinet."

Multiple reports said at least two Katyusha rockets were fired at the base on Tuesday night local time.

Rocket attacks have targeted a number of defence bases where US forces are stationed in recent months, which have killed one American contractor and an Iraqi soldier.

The US has blamed the attacks on Iran-backed Shia militias.

An attack on Sunday wounded four members of Iraq's military.

Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated this year since a targeted American drone strike in Iraq killed prominent Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, followed by an Iran missile attack on a US base in Iraq.

Iran has also admitted its military shown down a Ukrainian passenger plane, which it has blamed on human error.

Australia has so far committed to staying in Iraq to stop any resurgence of the terrorist group ISIS after the country's Parliament called for the expulsion of coalition troops from the country.

Asia's crude supplies could be disrupted if Iraqi oil facilities are targeted .
Middle East tensions heightened after Iran targeted more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. forces in Iraq.Iraq is the second-largest oil producer in OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. A disruption to its output level could make it hard for the oil cartel to replace the shortfall, Henning Gloystein, director for global energy and natural resources at political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, said on "Squawk Box.

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