Mortar bombs strike Iraqi military base of Balad, four wounded: military sources

Four rockets hit Iraq airbase hosting US troops: Sources

An aerial view of Al-Balad airbase in Iraq. This is a developing story, more details awaited. (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Seven mortar bombs fell inside Iraq's Balad air base on Sunday, which houses US forces, and four Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the attack, two military sources told Reuters.

The military sources said the mortar bombs fell in the base's runway inside the base, which is located 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad.  Military sources identified the wounded as Iraqi soldiers. They said seven mortar bombs had hit the base's runway.

There was no word of any US casualties among the US forces at the base.

The Iraqi military statement did not say who was behind the attack and made no mention of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, which last Wednesday fired missiles at two military bases in Iraq which house US forces.

The attack on the American base came hours after United States President warned Iran not to kill the agitators protesting against the downing of Ukranian passenger airliner, that was shot down by Iranian armed forces.

“To the leaders of Iran – DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching. Turn your internet back on and let reporters roam free! Stop the killing of your great Iranian people!” the US President tweeted.

Trump’s warning came as Iran’s regime faced a challenge from angry street protests, having come to the brink of war with the US with a series of tit-for-tat confrontations.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Saturday acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed on Wednesday, killing all 176 people aboard, in a “disastrous mistake”.

(This is a developing story, more details awaited)

(With inputs from agencies)

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