Seven rockets fired at US base housing troops in Iraq simply weeks after contractor was killed at airbase

Seven rockets fired at US base housing troops in Iraq just weeks after contractor was killed at airbase

AT least 5 missiles have hit a key Iraqi army base north of Baghdad at present housing US troops, it was reported tonight.

Safety officers stated two extra rockets fell exterior the perimeter of the distant Balad air base, in accordance with Reuters.

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The assault was focused on the Balad air base close to Baghdad which is housing US troops (inventory)[/caption]

No group instantly claimed accountability for the assault and there have been no stories of any accidents.

Nevertheless, armed teams that some Iraqi officers say are backed by Iran have claimed comparable incidents up to now.

Photographs posted on Twitter by the information outlet Al-Rafidain Channel reported to the present the missiles being launched.

The Balad base is an Iraqi Air Drive base situated close to Balad within the Sunni Triangle 40 miles north of the Iraq capital.

Constructed within the early 1980s it was initially named Al-Bakr Air Base.

In 2003 the bottom was captured by the USA Armed Forces at first of the Iraq Warfare and referred to as each Balad Air Base by the USA Air Drive and Anaconda Logistical Assist Space (LSA) by the USA Military earlier than being renamed Joint Base Balad on 15 June 2008.

The bottom was handed again to the Iraqi Air Drive on Eight November 2011 throughout the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, after which it returned to being referred to as Balad Air Base.[1]

Throughout the Iraq Warfare it was the second largest U.S. base in Iraq and at present is dwelling to the Iraqi Air Drive’s Lockheed Martin F-16 Combating Falcon.

Photographs posted on Iraqi information social media appeared to point out the rockets being launched

A C-5A Galaxy, with a C-17 Globemaster III parked behind, is unloaded at Balad Air Base, Iraq[/caption]

Earlier this month, a rocket assault on an Iraqi airbase internet hosting US and coalition forces killed one civilian contractor and injured 9 others.

A volley of roughly 14 rockets was fired on the base within the area’s primary metropolis of Erbil late on March 1, simply days after President Biden ordered his first airstrike in Syria.

#That assault on American forces within the nation sparked fears of escalation within the first critical take a look at of Joe Biden’s coverage in direction of Iran.

The rockets had been fired at Iraq’s Ain al-Asad air base that additionally hosts Iraqi troops, two safety sources confirmed.

Three “107mm rockets” landed inside the bottom whereas others fell on residential areas close by, killing one individual recognized by a US coalition spokesperson as a international nationwide, however not a US citizen, and injuring one US service member.

Not less than 5 Iraqi civilians had been additionally injured, with one in a vital situation.

The March 1 rocket assault got here simply days after the Biden administration’s first airstrike on an Iran-backed Shia militia compound in neighbouring Syria.

The U.S. dropped seven 500-pound Joint Direct Assault Munitions ( JDAMs) reportedly killing 22 at a crossing utilized by Iranian-backed militia teams to maneuver weapons throughout the border.

The President stated the airstrike he ordered was a warning to Iran to “watch out” and never help militia teams that threaten Individuals.