Rocket attack hits north Iraq base hosting United States troops

Irked US squeezes Iraq with cash delays short waivers

Irked US squeezes Iraq with cash delays short waivers

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

A rocket slammed into an Iraqi base where American troops are stationed in the remote province of Kirkuk, Iraq's military and a USA security source told AFP on Thursday night.

According to three separate Iraqi security sources, the Katyusha rocket hit an open area on the K1 base at around 8:45pm local time (1745 GMT).

Last time the K1 base was attacked was on 27 December, when a U.S. contractor was killed there in a rocket assault Washington blamed on the Kataeb Hezbollah military group.

A rocket attack on the same base in December triggered a chain of retaliatory events that led to soaring U.S. -Iran tensions and brought Iraq to the brink of war. In retaliation, the U.S. carried out airstrikes, killing 25 Kataeb Hezbollah militants.

Days later, another strike killed the head of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani and Kataib Hezbollah cofounder, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. A prior warning had been issued for the troops, and nobody was killed.

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