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Four rockets hit Iraq’s largest air base

BAGHDAD (XINHUA) – 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 90km north of Baghdad, causing no human casualties, Colonel 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 neighbouring province of Diyala.

Balad Air Base houses Iraq’s F-16 fighters. The United States technical team has already withdrawn from the base amid rocket attacks by unidentified militias.

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