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Mortar rounds hit US military base north of Iraqi capital

An Iraqi security source says two mortar rounds have hit a military base north of the country’s capital, Baghdad, where US troops are deployed.

“Two rounds landed inside the Taiji base and exploded, and a third landed outside it and did not detonate,” the source said without giving any details on possible damage or casualties.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility for the attack on the US forces’ base, which comes as a wave of anti-government protests has been sweeping major cities in the country, including the capital city.

Earlier on Monday, the government imposed a curfew in the capital Baghdad as renewed anti-government protests entered a fourth day.

The curfew hours are from midnight to 6 a.m. local time until further notice, state television quoted the Baghdad Operations Commander as saying on Monday.

The curfew came after students and schoolchildren joined protests in Baghdad and cities in southern Iraq, defying the education minister who had warned them against partaking in the unrest.

The new development also came after US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a special operations raid by American forces in northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

Trump said the Daesh leader detonated his suicide vest while “crying and whimpering” during an overnight raid by American special ops forces in Syria.