Iraqi officials: Five missiles hit Iraqi base hosting US

At least five rockets hit a sprawling Iraqi army base with US troops in the country’s western desert on Monday, two Iraqi security officials said.

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

The officials said the missiles hit just a few meters (yards) from where US troops are stationed. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the media.

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The perpetrators were not immediately known, but the US has previously accused Iran-backed Iraqi militias of targeting the US presence in Iraq, including the US embassy in Baghdad.

The attacks were once common, but have decreased in recent months.

In March, Iran attacked the northern city of Irbil with a dozen ballistic missiles that it claimed targeted Israeli spy centers. Iraq later said an investigation found there was no Israeli presence in the areas. The attack was also considered a warning to the US, a staunch ally of Israel.

US-led coalition forces recently ended their combat mission in Iraq but continue to play an advisory role for Iraqi forces in the fight against the extremist ISIS group.

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