5 missiles hit Iraqi base housing US troops; no casualties

BAGHDAD (AP) — At least five missiles hit a sprawling Iraqi army base housing U.S. troops in the western Iraqi desert on Monday, two Iraqi security officials said.

Grad missiles hit the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq’s western Anbar province, causing minor damage but no casualties, officials said.

Officials said the missile hit just a few meters (yards) from the U.S. military station. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The culprit was not immediately known, but the U.S. has previously accused Iran-backed Iraqi militias of targeting the U.S. presence in Iraq, including the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

These attacks used to be frequent, but have decreased in recent months.

In March, Iran attacked the northern Iraqi city of Erbil with a dozen ballistic missiles, claiming it was targeting an Israeli spy center. Iraq later said the investigation found no Israelis in those areas. The attack was also seen as a warning to the United States, a staunch ally of Israel.

The U.S.-led coalition recently ended their combat mission in Iraq but continues to advise Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State extremist group.

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