BAGHDAD (Associated Press) – The Iraqi army said in a statement that four Katyusha rockets hit an Iraqi military base housing US contractors on Monday, causing no casualties.
The statement said that the missiles hit the Balad Air Base in northern Iraq at 8:00 pm local time. The security forces launched a large-scale security operation to search for the strike.
This incident is the latest in a series of attacks in recent weeks in Iraq that mostly targeted facilities housing Americans.
No one has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack, but US officials have previously blamed Iran-backed militias for such attacks.
The last time it bombed the base was on April 18, when several rockets exploded, wounding two Iraqi security forces. Days later, multiple missiles targeted a military base near Baghdad airport, which houses US forces.
Calls for the withdrawal of US forces from Iraqi lawmakers increased after a US drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi militia leader in Baghdad in January 2020. A non-binding resolution passed by parliament urged the government to remove all foreign forces from Iraq. Iraq.
These developments prompted strategic talks between Baghdad and Washington focused primarily on the future presence of US forces in the country. In late 2020, the level of US forces in Iraq dropped to 2,500 on orders from the Trump administration.