Rockets hit Iraq military base hosting US troops: Reports

Rockets hit Iraq military base hosting US troops: Reports

Several rockets have slammed into an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where US troops are based, officials and military sources said, adding that at least four Iraqi airmen were wounded.

A majority of US airmen stationed at the Balad airbase, 80km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, had already left, AFP news agency quoting military sources said on Sunday.

Some shells hit the runway of the Balad airbase while another shell struck the gate, said Colonel Mohammed Khalil, a police officer in the northern Iraqi province of Saladin.

"Three Iraqi soldiers, who were on guard at the airbase gate, were injured as a result of the shelling," he said.

So far, there has been no claim of responsibility for the attack that comes amid tensions between the United States and Iran over the last two weeks.

Earlier this week, Iran launched missile attacks on two Iraqi airbases hosting US troops in retaliation for the killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad.

More to follow.




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