At least two wounded in rocket attack at Saladin's Balad base
An Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft takes off June 17, 2019, at Balad Air Base, Iraq. Photo by Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman/US Air Force
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Iraq's Security Media Cell said on Sunday (April 18) that two security personnel were wounded in five-rocket attack fired at Balad air base hosting the US contractors in Saladin governorate, 80 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Commander of the base Major General Zia Mohsin confirmed that two security personnel were injured as a result of two missiles falling inside the base.
"One of the wounded was seriously wounded, while the other was slightly injured," Mohsen said "the bombing did not cause any material damage inside the base and the rockets landed in dirt areas of the base."
No group claimed responsibility for the attack but the US and its western allies ascribe such attacks to the Iran-backed groups within the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).
In a later statement, Iraq’s Security Media Cell described the rocket attack as a “terrorist act,” committed by outlawed groups and launched from al-Khalis district
A source told AFP that two foreign contractors and three Iraqi soldiers were wounded after the rockets crashed into a dormitory and a canteen of US company Sallyport.
Since incumbent US President Joe Biden took office in January, at least 20 bombs or rocket have targeted US interests, including bases hosting US soldiers.
On Wednesday, a Turkish soldier was killed and a minor were wounded in a rocket attack hit a Turkish and a residential area near Nineveh’s Bashiqa town. A TNT-fitted drone also targeted a US base near Erbil International Airport without casualties.
The militia groups oppose the presence of the United States in Iraq and demand a full withdrawal of the foreign troops. The US has sometimes bombed them, including on the Iraqi-Syrian border in retribution.
The clashes between the US and Iran came to a head when Iranian extraterrestrial commander Qasseim Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were killed in a drone strike ordered by former US President Donald Trump’s Administration.
*This story was updated at 10:16 pm EBL