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Rockets bombard Iraqi base where US, UK troops were killed

Attack latest in tit-for-tat exchanges, with three western soldiers killed at Taji base this week
The Taji military base north of Baghdad hosts thousands of foreign soldiers (AFP)

Dozens of missiles bombarded an Iraqi military base where two American soldiers and a British soldier were killed this week in a similar attack, Iraq's military said on Saturday. 

Two Iraqi air defence personnel were injured when 33 Katyusha rockets were launched at the Taji base north of the capital Baghdad. 

The military found seven rocket launchers and 24 unused rockets in the nearby Abu Izam area, it said in a statement, and promised to arrest those responsible.

The military said the US or other foreign forces should not use the attack as a pretext to take military action without Iraq's approval. It called on all foreign troops to quickly implement a parliamentary resolution calling for their withdrawal.

The US-led coalition said three of its members were wounded in the attack. 

Military bases in Iraq have been repeatedly attacked since the head of Iran's elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, was assassinated in January. 

While no group has taken responsibility for the attack, the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia has in the past carried out some of the rocket strikes on US forces.

Camp Taji has been used as a training base for a number of years. There are as many as 6,000 US troops in Iraq, training and advising Iraqi forces and conducting counter-terrorism missions.

After the 11 March fatal attack on the Taji base, US President Donald Trump ordered retaliatory operations against pro-Iran militias. According to Iraq's military, the civilian and five security personnel killed were militia members.