Baghdad: Four Katyusha rockets on Thursday struck the Balad Air Base, Iraq’s largest military air base in north of the capital Baghdad, a local security source said.
The rockets landed at the Balad Air Base in Salahudin province, some 90 km north of Baghdad, causing no human casualties, Col. Mohammed al-Bazi from the provincial police told Xinhua.
Three of the rockets hit a building inside the base, leaving minor damages, while the fourth landed in an empty area, al-Bazi said, adding that the rockets were fired from the neighboring province of Diyala.
Balad Air Base houses Iraq’s F-16 fighters. The U.S. technical team has already withdrawn from the base amid rocket attacks by unidentified militias.
On Dec. 29, 2021, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi confirmed the end of the U.S.-led coalition forces’ combat mission in Iraq.