Several rockets hit Iraqi military base hosting US troops

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.

In an official statement, Iraq’s official Security Media Cell said that air base was hit with at least eight rockets. Several Iraqi service members were injured in the shelling.

“The Balad Air Base in the province of Salahuddin was shelled with eight Katyusha rockets. As a result, four personnel of the Iraqi Air Force, including two officers, were injured,” the statement reads.

The name “Katyusha” is usually used in the Middle East to refer to different variants of 107 mm rockets. This type of rockets is used by most armed groups in Iraq, including ISIS.

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.

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