Mortar shells strike close to US airbase in Iraq amid World War 3 tensions

Mortar shells have reportedly struck Al-Kindi military base in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

The shells hit the main palace in Mosul which is used by hundreds of US troops as a military base, according to Al Jazeera.

It comes amid major war tensions between Iran and the US after the American military assassinated top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

Iran has already threatened to take revenge following the flying of a red flag, symbolising retaliation, at Jamkaran Mosque in Qom, it's country's holiest city.

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The latest rockets are reported to have been fired from Hayy al-Sukkar, East Mosul.

An unidentified aircraft is said to have targeted an Iran backed militia position on the Syria-Iraq border.

The attacks come shortly after Katai’b Hezbollah released a warning, stating that Iraqi security forces should stay at least 1000m from any US bases.

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Earlier in the day, rockets fell less than a kilometre from the US embassy according to an Iraqi security official.

The official went on to claim that another rocket landed in Baghdad, around 500 meters from the As-Salam place, where the Iraqi president, Barham Salih normally stays – adjacent to the city's Green Zone.

In a statement, an Iraqi military spokesman said: "Several rockets targeting Celebration Square and the Jadriya area in Baghdad, and the Balad airbase in Salahuddin province, with no loss of life.

"Further details to come."

Iraqi authorities have since denied reports that rockets landed at a military base in Mosul, targeting US troops who are stationed there.

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