US Military Base in Iraq comes under mortar bombs attack

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US Military Base in Iraq comes under mortar bombs attack

ISLAMABAD - US Military Base in Iraq comes under mortar bombs attack.

At least seven mortar bombs hit Iraq's Al-Balad base hosting US troops on Sunday evening, news agency ANI quoted a report by Sputnik. The origin of the bombs has not been identified yet.

Balad is located 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad and was a target of last week's rocket attacks.

According to some military sources, some Iraqi airmen have been wounded in the attack though a majority of the US airmen stationed at airbase had already left.

On Wednesday (January 8), Iran had attacked multiple locations in Iraq including the al-Asad airbase that hosts US forces, a US official had told Reuters. It was unclear what other sites may have been attacked.

The attack's last week was carried out by Iran in retaliation to the killing of Iranian Army Commander and Quds chief Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on January 3.

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