Federal opposition divided over Iraq mission as troops remain hunkered down

  • Federal opposition divided over Iraq mission as troops remain hunkered down

Federal opposition divided over Iraq mission as troops remain hunkered down

A volley of rockets hit an Iraqi airbase north of the capital Baghdad on Sunday, injuring four Iraqi air force personnel, the army said.

Military bases hosting U.S. troops have been subject to volleys of rocket and mortar attacks in recent months that have mostly wounded Iraqi forces, but also killed one American contractor last month.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi also asked US State Secretary Mike Pompeo to send a delegation to begin preparations for a troop pullout.

At least four Iraqi soldiers were injured on Sunday after rockets hit an airbase north of Baghdad, where USA troops have been stationed, AFP reported.

The Pentagon's top watchdog painted a gloomy picture in November about the five-year-old fight against ISIL, warning the USA withdrawal from Syria and subsequent Turkish offensive had let the organization regroup and strengthened its ability to plan attacks against the West.

Both elements saw their missions suspended last week, with orders for the troops to hunker down on military bases or, in some cases, relocated to Kuwait, over fears Iran or its proxies would retaliate for the US having killed Iranian Maj. No formal claim of responsibility for the attack had been made as of Monday morning. The strike meant to reduce the chances of an armed conflict with Iran President Donald Trump, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

Legit.ng reports that the latest attack comes just when US President Donald Trump, on Sunday, January 12, gave new conditions to embattled Iran as tension grows over the detention of British ambassador Rob Macaire. " "I shared that view, I know other members of the national security team shared that view, that's why I deployed thousands of American paratroopers to the Middle East to reinforce our embassy in Baghdad and other sites throughout the region".

"The president's interpretation of that intelligence is very consistent with it", he said.