Rockets Hit Iraq Base Hosting US Troops: Reports

Rockets hit a military base in Iraq south of Mosul that houses American troops on Friday, according to several reports.

An Iraqi army base in Qayyara, located about 40 miles south of Mosul, was hit by rocket fire, reported The Associated Press, citing Iraqi officials. American forces in the area are battling remnants of the ISIS terrorist group.

The news agency reported that 17 rockets were fired at the base.

A general view shows Mosuls Old City, on January 8, 2018, six months after Iraqi forces seized the countrys second city from ISIS. (Ahmad Al-Rubae /AFP/Getty Images)

There was no claim of responsibility yet.

The Iraqi military said in a statement to Reuters that no material damage was done, and there were no injuries in the rocket barrage.

In Mosul five years ago, the former head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared himself “caliph” over millions of people in Syria and Iraq. Thousands of people died and millions were displaced in the region over the next several years.

More than a week ago, President Donald Trump announced the death of al-Baghdadi, who was found holed up in a compound in northern Syria.

A boy walks along a damaged street in west Mosul on July 13, 2017, a few days after the governments announcement of the “liberation” of the embattled city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Iraqi federal police tank is seen in the Old City of Mosul on July 8, 2017, as their part of the battle has been declared accomplished, while other forces continue to fight Islamic State (IS) jihadists in the city. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2017, U.S.-backed Iraqi troops unleashed an offensive on ISIS militants and ousted them from power. The fighting left much of Mosul in ruins.

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