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Four Rockets Target Iraq’s Balad Airbase

Four Rockets Target Iraq’s Balad Airbase

Friday, 18 March, 2022 - 08:00
Balad Airbase in Iraq (File photo - Reuters)

The Iraqi Security Media Cell said on Thursday that four rockets fell in open areas in Balad Airbase, leaving no damage or casualties.

The media cell stated that the authorities will hunt down the perpetrators of this “cowardly terrorist act”, reassuring Iraqi citizens that “the acts of criminal terrorist gangs will not pass unless the perpetrators are put behind bars and under the judgment of the law.”

Balad Airbase houses Iraqi F-16, L-159, and T-6 fighter jets. It also includes facilities, equipment, and integrated spare parts to maintain these combat aircraft.

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

Authorities will hunt down the perpetrators of this “cowardly terrorist act,” the cell affirmed, reassuring Iraqi citizens that “gangs that do not want stability for Iraq” will be held accountable.

Security sources revealed that the rockets were fired from towns in the vicinity of Tigris river in Khalis district, some 50 kilometers north of Baghdad.

They pointed out that the rockets targeted the headquarters of the US company, Sallyport, which houses foreign contractors affiliated with Lockheed Martin company.

Iraqi forces thwarted an attack by three drones targeting the Balad Airbase on January 15.

Three drones approached the southern perimeter of the Balad Airbase, some 90 km north of Baghdad, prompting the Iraqi forces to open fire on the drones and forcing them to flee the scene.

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