Two rockets hit the rural area near the military base in Iraq, where some U.S. contractors were working.
Reuters cited the local military who said that the projectiles fell on the base's external fence. No victims were reported. "Initial investigations showed attack aimed to strike Balad air base, north of Baghdad, but the rockets fell short and hit the village of al-Bu Asi just to the southeast, the security officials said", wrote the news agency.
American military bases and U.S. Embassy in Baghdad often become targets of mortar and missile attacks. American officials blame the armed units supported by Iran. The last attack on Balad base took place on March 15; at least five missiles hit the base then.
Earlier, we reported that Iran wants the United States to lift all sanctions and rejects any “step-by-step” easing of restrictions, the foreign ministry said on Saturday ahead of planned talks in Vienna next week on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers.
The comments came as France urged Iran to show a constructive stance in the indirect talks with Washington in the Austrian capital, which will be part of broader negotiations.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Tehran opposed any gradual easing of sanctions.
“No step-by-step plan is being considered,” Khatibzadeh told state broadcaster Press TV. “The definitive policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the lifting of all U.S. sanctions.”
Former president Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear pact in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to breach some of the accord’s nuclear restrictions.