UPDATED 1:30 PM PT — Sunday, January 12, 2020
Balad Air Base, which houses American troops, was hit by at least eight rockets on Sunday. Reports said at least four Iraqi military officials were injured following the strike, which occurred north of Baghdad.
BREAKING: At least eight rockets hit Iraq's Balad Air Base, wounding four Iraqi air force officers.
According to the U.S.-led coalition, the Air Base hosts American troops and foreign contractors, but reportedly "no coalition personnel were impacted" in the attack.
— Elma Aksalic (@ElmaAksalic) January 12, 2020
Iran’s Security Media Cell confirmed that Katyusha rockets were used in the attack.
قاعدة #بلد الجوية في محافظة صلاح الدين، تتعرض الى قصف ب ٨ صواريخ الكاتيوشا ، مما ادى الى اصابة اربعة من منتسبي القوة الجوية العراقية بينهما ضابطين إثنين.
— خلية الإعلام الأمني🇮🇶 (@SecMedCell) January 12, 2020
Sources suggested American troops had previously pulled out of the base and relocated to safer facilities in Iraq.
This attack comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. Iran targeted bases, which are housing U.S. troops, in Iraq last week. However, it remains unclear whether Iran was behind this attack.
Following the incident, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered his prayers to the injured and said “these continued violations of Iraq’s sovereignty by groups not loyal to the Iraqi government must end.”
These continued violations of Iraq’s sovereignty by groups not loyal to the Iraqi government must end.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 12, 2020
This is developing news. Please check back later for updates.