Rockets fall near Iraqi base hosting U.S.-led Coalition troops

File – Balad Air Base in Saladin province

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Two rockets fell outside Iraq’s Balad Air Base housing U.S.-led Coalition troops in Saaldin province on Saladin, the Iraqi military said.

Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a tweet that the rockets were launched from Saadiya al-Shat area in the province of Saladin.

The rocket attack caused no “significant losses”, the Iraqi military said.

Earlier on Monday, Iraqi security officials told Reuters that at least five rockets hit air base, located about 80 kilometers (50) miles north of Baghdad.

The officials said two more rockets fell outside the base at a rural area without causing casualties.

Commander of Balad Air Base Zya Mohsen told Iraq’s state news agency INA that there were no casualties or material losses in the attack, denying the rockets fell inside the air base.

An Iraqi security source told INA that three rockets fell outside the air base at a rural area without causing casualties.

Shafaq news cited a security source as saying that a number of rockets landed on the northwestern part of the base.

The source added that two other rockets landed in an empty area near the base.

No group immediately claimed the attack, but armed groups that some Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran have claimed similar incidents in the past.

*This story was updated at 10:50 p.m. EBL time 

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