Four wounded in attack on Iraqi military base where U.S. forces deployed

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to preliminary information, all the wounded are soldiers of the Iraqi army, the shelling was carried out by Katyusha MLRS missiles
22:00, 12 January 2020
Open source
Al-Balad airbase with deployed US troops was attacked in Iraq. Four military men were injured, Reuters reports.
The base is located 80 km north of Baghdad - in the city of Balad. According to preliminary information, all the wounded are soldiers of the Iraqi army, two of them are officers.
According to the news agency, seven mortar shells fell on the runway at an airbase located north of the country's capital. Some sources provide information on eight missiles of Katyusha multiple launch rocket systems.

The troops of the United States and the international coalition leading the fight against the Islamic state in the area are also based on the territory of the Al-Balad base. No casualties were reported among them.

The Iraqi military statement did not say who was behind the attack and made no mention of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, which last Wednesday fired missiles at two military bases in Iraq which house U.S. forces.

Earlier Iran has fired more than a dozen rockets at two Iraqi military bases hosting US troops early on January 8, 2020, the Pentagon confirmed, DW reported.

The missiles struck the Ain Assad airbase, which hosts the largest US deployment in Iraq, along with a military installation hosting international forces near Irbil.

The Iraqi military has said 22 ballistic missiles were fired at two bases used by US and coalition forces in Iraq, as Iran claimed responsibility and dozens of casualties, in a dramatic development of the crisis sparked by the killing of Qassem Suleimani. Three minutes later Iranian media have reported a second wave of missiles.

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