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President Barzani condemns rocket attack on coalition forces, warns of ‘’dangerous development’’
Fazel Hawramy from Rudaw.net
12-03-2020 - ERBIL,Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani has condemned last night’s rocket attack on coalition forces at Taji military base north of Baghdad, warning such attacks endanger Iraqi national interests at a time that the Islamic State (ISIS) remains a “serious threat”.
Three coalition personnel – two American and one British- were killed and approximately 12 were wounded during a barrage of rocket attacks on the Iraqi base housing coalition advisors on Wednesday night, according to a statement from the anti- ISIS coalition.
We condemn last night’s rocket attack that targeted the Global Coalition Forces in Taji military base in Baghdad in the strongest terms,” President Barzani said in a statement on Thursday. 
While I offer my condolences to the families of the victims and their countries, I reiterate that this attack is a dangerous development and damages the interests of Iraq and endangers the situation in the country. In particular at a time that the threat of terror is real and Daesh poses a serious threat on the peace and security of Iraq and the region and eradicating them requires the cooperation and support of the global coalition.” Barzani added, referring to ISIS by its Arabic acronym.
According to the coalition statement, around 18 107mm Katyusha rockets struck the base near Baghdad. It added that  Iraqi Security Forces found a “rocket-rigged truck” a few miles from the site.
The attack comes just over two months after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad airport by US forces, prompting Iran to fire around a dozen ballistic missiles at the Ain al-Assad airbase in Anbar province, wounding over hundred American personnel.
While no one has claimed responsibility for the Wednesday attack, Iranian backed Shia militias, part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) have repeatedly vowed to avenge the death of their commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed alongside Soleimani on January 3.
Hours after the attack, three aircraft carried out airstrikes on two PMF bases near Albu Kamal in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor governorate.
26 fighters were killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that those responsible will be held accountable for the Taji attack. 
he United Nation Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) also condemned the attack and called on the Iraqi government to exercise its full powers and hold perpetrators accountable.
These ongoing attacks are a clear and substantial threat to the country, and the risk of rogue action by armed groups remains a constant concern,” UNAMI said.
Maximum restraint on all sides is the only way forward. The Government of Iraq must exercise its full powers to hold perpetrators accountable and prevent future attacks,” it added.
//www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/12032020 

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