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US says Iran proxies carried out series of base attacks

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to press during a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (not seen) at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on 18 October, 2019. Secretary Pompeo will meet with NATO partners [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels, Belgium on 18 October 2019 [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

Iran's proxies have carried out a series of attacks on bases where US forces are collocated with their Iraqi partners, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

Pompeo cited a rocket attack on a facility at Baghdad International Airport that he said wounded five Iraqi soldiers, including two who died of their injuries on 9 December.

An additional attack occurred Wednesday when two Katyusha rockets landed near the outside perimeter of the airport. No casualties were reported from the strikes, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for that attack or the one on Monday.

He maintained, that Washington "will continue to work hand-in-hand with our Iraqi partners, including the Iraqi Security Forces, which played a pivotal role in reclaiming Iraq's sovereignty from ISIS," referring to the Daesh terror group.

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"We must also use this opportunity to remind Iran's leaders that any attacks by them, or their proxies of any identity, that harm Americans, our allies, or our interests will be answered with a decisive US response," Pompeo said.

State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus further added that Washington "makes no distinction between #Iran and its proxies in Iraq."

"We will respond if our people are harmed, & we continue to support an independent Iraq," she said on Twitter.

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