Six rockets had been fired Monday night in direction of Iraq’s Balad airbase north of Baghdad, flippantly wounding a international 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 positioned, the safety supply stated, requesting anonymity.
A international worker of Sallyport was flippantly wounded, in accordance with this supply.
Three different rockets had been fired round 15 minutes 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 had been assigned at Balad, however famous that US citizen contractors labored there.
Citing preliminary reviews, McNulty stated there have been no US casualties or harm.
It’s the second assault concentrating on US pursuits in underneath 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 quick declare of accountability 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 international forces — since President Joe Biden took workplace in January.
Two international 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 had 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 geared toward bringing the US again right into a 2015 nuclear deal.
The settlement, which curbs Iran’s nuclear programme in trade for sanctions aid, has been on life help since Trump withdrew in 2018.
Professional-Iran Iraqi teams have vowed to ramp up assaults to pressure 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.
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