(BAGHDAD) — 4 members of Iraq’s navy had been wounded Sunday in a rocket assault concentrating on an air base simply north of Baghdad the place American trainers are current, Iraqi safety officers mentioned.
The assault by at the very least six rockets got here simply days after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq that home U.S. forces, inflicting no casualties.
Current heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran had been sparked final month when a rocket assault killed an American contractor at a base in Iraq. The U.S. has blamed that assault and others on Iran-backed militias.
Sunday’s assault wounded an Iraqi air power officer and three enlisted males, Iraqi safety officers mentioned. They spoke on situation of anonymity according to rules.
No group claimed duty for the assault.
The rockets struck Balad air base, which hosts American trainers, advisers and an organization that gives upkeep companies for F-16 plane. Some rockets fell on a restaurant contained in the airbase, the officers mentioned.
The bottom is situated some 50 miles (80 kilometers) miles north of Baghdad.
A press release from the Iraqi military’s official media workplace confirmed the assault however mentioned eight rockets hit the bottom, and that two officers had been wounded. The distinction in accounts may no instantly be reconciled.
“There are American specialists, trainers and advisers on the base,” mentioned one protection official, who requested anonymity as a result of he was not licensed to talk to media.
The U.S. and Iran lately stepped again from escalating tensions following the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s prime common, in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad. A senior Iraqi chief of an Iran-backed militia was additionally killed.
Iran’s retaliatory assault for Soleimani’s loss of life hit two Iraqi bases, Ain al-Asad and Irbil, the place American troops are based mostly.
The restricted Iranian strikes gave the impression to be primarily a present of power, and deescalated tensions that had threatened to show Iraq right into a proxy battlefield.