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Rocket attack hits base hosting US troops in Iraq, wounds 4 Iraqis; report

Airmen with the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Balad, Feb. 19, 2007. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Holzworth)
January 12, 2020

Four Iraqi troops have been wounded after rocket strikes on Iraq’s Balad Air Base on Sunday.

The Iraqi military disclosed the casualties after eight Katyusha rockets hit the base, the New York Times reported. Seven mortar rounds also reportedly struck the base’s runway.

Balad Air Base has also housed U.S. military personnel, though there have not been any reports of U.S. casualties thus far.

The base is located about 50 miles north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

The Iraqi military has not determined who was behind the attack.

Iran fired missiles at U.S. positions in Iraq on Wednesday, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, following weeks of escalation between the two governments that saw a U.S. airstrike on Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.