Iraqi Official Claims There are No US Forces in Balad Air Base
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Iraqi Official Claims There are No US Forces in Balad Air Base

ERBIL — No US forces are present in the Balad Air Base in north of Baghdad, said Yehia Rasool, a spokesperson for Iraqi Commander-in-Chief.

Balad Air Base is among the locations which frequently comes under rocket attacks reportedly by the Iran-backed militias as part of Tehran’s pressure to oust the US forces from Iraq.

Rasool said in a televised interview that it is surprising to see repeated attacks on Balad Air Base under the pretext of pressuring the US forces while there are no US troops stationed there.

The latest attack on Balad Air Base was reported last Sunday. Security sources told France 24 that two foreign contractors and three Iraqi soldiers were wounded.

In that attack, two rockets had crashed into a dormitory and a canteen of the US company Sallyport, the source revealed.

There have been around 20 bomb or rocket attacks against the American interests, including bases hosting US soldiers, since US President Joe Biden took office in January.