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4 Iraqi soldiers wounded by bombing a base hosting Americans

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

4 Iraqi soldiers, including two officers, were wounded on Sunday by a Katyusha missile strike targeting a military base hosting American soldiers north of the country, according to the Iraqi army and a police source.

The Army Security Media Cell said, in a statement seen by Anatolia, that “Balad Air Base in Salah al-Din Governorate (North) was hit by 8 Katyusha rockets.”

The cell added that “the shelling resulted in the injury of 4 members of the Iraqi Air Force, including two officers,” without indicating their ranks.

Earlier, Noman al-Jubouri, a lieutenant in the Salah al-Din Province police, told Anatolia that “unknown persons fired rocket-propelled grenades at Balad Air Base in the province, which includes American forces and American companies specialized in the maintenance of Iraqi (F16) aircraft.”

And the same base was previously subjected to similar attacks, the last of which was Thursday, with two rockets falling inside it without losses, while 3 Iraqi soldiers were wounded in another attack about a week ago.

Iraqi military bases hosting American soldiers as well as the American embassy in Baghdad have been subjected to repeated missile attacks over the past weeks, including the killing of one American civilian contractor near Kirkuk, northern Iraq.

Washington accuses the Iraqi “Hezbollah” brigades, which receive funding and training from Tehran, of being behind these attacks, which have increased in frequency since the killing of the commander of the “Jerusalem” Corps, in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Qassem Soleimani and the leader of the “Popular Mobilization” Iraqi Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, in A U.S. air strike near Baghdad airport on January 3.

Iran responded to the assassination of Soleimani, on Wednesday, by launching ballistic missiles at two military bases hosting American soldiers north and west of Iraq.

The American-Iranian military confrontation sparked widespread public and governmental anger in Iraq, amid fears that the country would turn into an open arena of conflict between Washington and Tehran, before the tension subsided in the past few days.

And deploy about 5 thousand American soldiers in military bases throughout Iraq, as part of the international coalition to fight the terrorist organization “ISIS”.

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