Four wounded in attack on Iraqi military base that houses US forces


Posted at Jan 13 2020 01:53 AM

A US F-16 fighter jet is seen on the tarmac if a military base in Balad, Iraq, July 20, 2015. Thaier Al-Sudani, Reuters file photo

TIKRIT, Iraq - Four people were wounded on Sunday in an attack on Balad air base in northern Iraq which houses US personnel.

The Iraqi military said in a statement that eight Katyusha rockets had been fired at the base, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, and that the four wounded included two officers.

Military sources identified the wounded as Iraqi soldiers. They said seven mortar bombs had hit the base's runway.

There was no word of any US casualties among the U.S. forces at the base.

The Iraqi military statement did not say who was behind the attack and made no mention of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, which last Wednesday fired missiles at two military bases in Iraq which house US forces. 

(Reporting by Ghazwan Hassan writing by Hesham Abdul Khalek; Editing by Susan Fenton and Timothy Heritage)