Revealed On 04 Might,2021 07:07 am
Six rockets have been fired Monday night in direction of Iraq’s Balad airbase north of Baghdad.
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Six rockets have been fired Monday night in direction of Iraq s Balad airbase north of Baghdad, evenly wounding a overseas contractor working for a US firm, an Iraqi safety official advised AFP.
Three rockets initially fell in an space the place US firm Sallyport — the contractor that maintains F-16 plane bought by Iraq from the US — is situated, the safety supply stated, requesting anonymity.
A overseas worker of Sallyport was evenly wounded, in accordance with this supply.
Three different rockets have been fired round quarter-hour later, the supply added, saying they fell close to the bottom with out hitting it.
Pentagon spokesperson Commander Jessica McNulty stated no US or coalition troops have been assigned at Balad, however famous that US citizen contractors labored there.
Citing preliminary experiences, McNulty stated there have been no US casualties or harm.
It’s the second assault concentrating on US pursuits in below 24 hours, after two rockets Sunday focused an airbase at Baghdad airport housing US-led coalition troops. Sunday s assault didn’t trigger casualties.
There was no speedy declare of duty for both assault.
Round 30 rocket or bomb assaults have focused American pursuits in Iraq — together with troops, the embassy or Iraqi provide convoys to overseas forces — since President Joe Biden took workplace in January.
Two overseas contractors, one Iraqi contractor and eight Iraqi civilians have been killed within the assaults.
Washington routinely blames Iran-linked Iraqi factions for such assaults on its troops and diplomats.
In early April, two rockets hit close to Balad, with out inflicting casualties or property harm.
Additionally final month, an explosives-packed drone slammed into Iraq s Arbil airport within the first reported use of such a weapon towards a base utilized by US-led coalition troops within the nation, in accordance with officers.
Dozens of different assaults have been carried out in Iraq from autumn 2019 throughout the administration of Biden s predecessor Donald Trump.
The operations are generally claimed by obscure teams that consultants say are smokescreens for Iran-backed organisations lengthy current in Iraq.
The strikes come at a delicate time as Tehran is engaged in talks with world powers aimed toward bringing the US again right into a 2015 nuclear deal.
The settlement, which curbs Iran s nuclear programme in alternate for sanctions reduction, has been on life help since Trump withdrew in 2018.
Professional-Iran Iraqi teams have vowed to ramp up assaults to drive out the “occupying” US forces in latest months, generally towards Tehran s needs, in accordance with some consultants.
Baghdad final month reportedly hosted a secret assembly of senior officers from Tehran and US-ally Saudi Arabia.