Three rockets hit near Baghdad airport May 07, 2020 0 1324 12345 AFPBaghdadThree Katyusha-type rockets early Wednesday struck a military complex near Baghdad’s international airport that is used by US troops and diplomats, Iraq’s military said, without reporting casualties.The attack was the first time American installations in Iraq have been targeted since late March, after around six months of rocket attacks that killed US, UK and Iraqi troops. It also comes hours before Iraq’s parliament is set to vote on a long-awaited new government, five months after the current cabinet resigned. Iraq’s security forces said in a statement that the rockets hit near the airport around dawn and that military units found the launching pad in an area of west of Baghdad.“The target was the headquarters of the Counter-Terrorism Service, where American troops are based,” a security source told AFP.The high-security complex also hosts US diplomats moving in and out of the country. Baghdad’s airport has been closed since mid-March as part of a nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic. It has coincided with a relative lull in tensions between the US and Iran after a particularly tense few months.In January, Washington carried out a drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and top Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis at the Baghdad airport.It then began planning for a widespread bombing campaign against pro-Iran groups in Iraq that it blamed for the rocket attacks on its forces. Iran, in turn, launched missiles at US troops stationed in west Iraq and has vowed to oust all American forces from the Middle East. The tit-for-tat attacks brought the two countries to the brink of war in Iraq, but since late March there had been no rocket launches and little escalatory rhetoric. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Iran warns of ‘rising trend’ as coronavirus cases top 100,000 May 07, 2020 0 499 Kenya seals off virus hotspots in two main cities May 07, 2020 0 500 Afghan forces bust ‘IS-Haqqani’ cell blamed for deadly attacks May 07, 2020 0 592 Iran blasts ‘stupid’ US nuclear pullout, warns over arms ban Tehran Iran’s president said Wednesday the United States made a “stupid mistake” by abandoning a nuclear deal and warned of severe consequences if its allies agree to extend an arms embargo. The United States is waging a .. Israel hits Hamas positions after Gaza rocket Jerusalem The Israeli army attacked military positions of the Islamist Hamas movement early Wednesday after militants in the Palestinian enclave fired a rocket at the Jewish state, the army said. “A rocket was fired .. Twelve wounded in inferno at UAE residential tower Abu Dhabi At least 12 people were wounded in a massive fire that engulfed a residential tower in the United Arab Emirates, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday. The fire erupted at the 48-storey Abbco Tower in the city of .. Nigeria to begin repatriating nationals stranded abroad Abuja Nigeria on Wednesday was to start repatriating nationals stranded overseas by coronavirus travel restrictions, the foreign ministry said. A first batch of 265 Nigerians is due to fly back to Lagos from Dubai .. Virus patients protest in north Nigeria AFP Kano A group of coronavirus patients staged a protest outside an isolation centre in northern Nigeria to demand increased medical attention and food, officials and residents said on Wednesday. Twenty patients on .. Chad isolates capital N’Djamena due to coronavirus N’Djamena Chad’s capital N’Djamena will be isolated from the rest of the country for two weeks from Friday to stem the spread of coronavirus, the government announced. The central African nation, one of the world’s ..