An Iraqi AC-208 Combat Caravan aircraft, assigned to Squadron 3, waits on the taxiway before the start of a training day during Air Week at Balad Air Base, Iraq, June 17, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luke Kitterman)
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Four people were wounded on Sunday in an attack on Balad air base in northern Iraq which houses U.S. personnel.
The Iraqi military said in a statement that eight Katyusha rockets had been fired at the base, about 80 km (50 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, and that the four wounded included two officers.
An aerial photo of Joint Base Balad, Iraq in 2011 (U.S. Army/ Sgt. Quentin Johnson)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran may have been behind Thursday's attack on Iraq's Balad air base, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday, but added that Washington was awaiting further evidence.
Iraqi military on Thursday said that two Katyusha rockets landed inside Balad air base, which hosts U.S. forces and contractors and is located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Baghdad.
A major American contractor in Iraq is engaging in rampant fraud, waste, and abuse involving prostitution rings, alcohol smuggling operations, and giving militias virtually free rein of a major base, according to two if its former employees.