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Iraqi militants target Baghdad airport with rocket strike

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Iraqi militants target Baghdad airport with rocket strike


Three rockets have been fired at Baghdad’s heavily guarded international airport, hitting a runway and plane, but no casualties have been reported.

Air traffic was not disrupted, but the ability of militants
to strike such a site is likely to heighten concerns about the vulnerability of Iraq’s vital infrastructure as security deteriorates across the country.

Sunni Islamist rebels, including an al Qaeda affiliated
group, have been regaining momentum in the country over the past year, driving violence to its highest level in five years. More than 9,000 people were killed in 2013.

Now reports from rebel media sources in Fallujah claim that an army barracks south of the city was captured and razed to the ground earlier this week.

The Iraqi army has been engaged in a month-long standoff with anti-government fighters who overran the city at the start of the month.

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