8 Rockets Hit Iraqi Air Base

Four Iraqi officers are wounded at Balad Air Base
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2020 1:51 PM CST
8 Rockets Hit Iraqi Air Base
In this Monday, July 20, 2015 file photo, a member of the Iraqi SWAT team stands guard as security forces and others gather next to a US-made F-16 fighter jet during the delivery ceremony at Balad air base, Iraq.   (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

(Newser) – Eight rockets landed on an Iraqi air base Sunday and injured four Iraqi officers—but who perpetrated the attack remains unclear. Iraq's military says the Katyusha rockets struck Balad Air Base, which hosts foreign contractors and US troops roughly 46 miles north of Baghdad, CNN reports. Al Jazeera notes that the base also hosts US trainers, advisers, and a company that maintains F-16 aircraft. Most of the US airmen stationed there had left before the missiles arrived. No one has claimed responsibility for the strike, which comes days after Iran fired ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases amid fever-high tensions between Washington and Tehran. (Read more Iraq stories.)

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