Jun 19, 2019

Rocket hits ExxonMobil complex in Basra, Iraq

A partial view shows the Iraqi oil field of Rumaila near the southern port city of Basra on December 11, 2009.

An Iraqi oil field near the southern port city of Basra. Photo: Essam Al-Sudani/AFP/Getty Images

A rocket struck the residential and operations headquarters of global oil firms including U.S. giant ExxonMobil near Iraq's southern city of Basra early on Wednesday, wounding three people, Reuters reports, citing the Iraqi military.

Why it matters: There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but it came after 2 separate attacks in as many days on bases housing U.S. military in Iraq, Reuters notes. The U.S. ordered "non-emergency government employees" to leave Iraq in May amid escalating tension with Iran. The Trump administration has just sent an extra 1,000 troops to the Middle East and blames Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.

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