U.S. threatens to quash Iraq's economy if its forces are expelled

Eight rockets landed on Al Balad airbase wounding two Iraqi officers and two airmen statement. — Reuters  File

At least one member of Iraqi security forces has reportedly been wounded.

The statement from Iraq's military did not say how many rockets had hit Camp Taji but reported that there were no casualties.

Sky News has reported a missile landed near Camp Taji, north of Baghdad in Iraq.

"The attack has been described as "fierce" and "violent".

The Taji camp, located about 50 miles north of the capital, is one of several in Iraq that house USA -led coalition forces that were deployed to defeat the ISIS terrorist group, which had ruled over swaths of Iraq and Syria.

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The move came after Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps' elite Quds Force, was assassinated in a US drone strike on January 3 outside Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.

Iraqi reports claim counter-terror forces have arrested three al-Nujuba fighters, seized weapons and equipment in a possible connection to the rocket attack on Camp Taji.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo early Monday morning said he was "outraged" by the rocket attack targeting Al-Balad, an airbase just north of Baghdad where US forces have been stationed, which wounded two Iraqi officers and two airmen. However, majority were evacuated due to the escalating tensions between United States and Iran. "We're not leaving unless they pay us back for it", Trump said.

"American strength, both military and economic, is the best deterrent". United States military leaders have said that was thanks to commanders on the ground, not Tehran's goodwill.

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