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 incident was decried by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hours later.
According to Iraqi media, the attack involved eight Russian-made Katyusha rockets hitting the airbase, causing explosions that injured four Iraqi personnel. "I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured and call on the government of Iraq to hold those responsible for these attacks accountable".
Populist Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Tuesday for a million Iraqis to march against the US "presence and violations" in Iraq after Washington's killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad.
Iraqi Shia organizations "gave the opportunity" to the Iraqi government and parliament to diplomatically expel foreign forces from the country, he added. USA officials have insisted Soleimani was plotting attacks on US facilities.
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A spokesman for the USA -led coalition in Iraq said no Americans were present at the base when the attack was launched. However, a lot of them were evacuated due to the escalating tensions between United States and Iran. Soleimani was the head of the elite Quds Force.
There are believed to be 45 New Zealanders located at Camp Taji. " "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.