Rockets Target US-Occupied Bases Across Iraq

first published on January 4, 2020 by

Reports from the Iraqi military indicate that multiple rocket attacks have targeted bases housing US troops in multiple locations on Jan. 4, 2020.

According to The New York Times, two Katyusha rockets fell inside the perimeter of Balad Air Base, approximately 50 miles north of Baghdad in Salahuddin province. For whatever reason, the “Katyusha” designation has been used in most recent reports, although the actual rocket type wasn’t confirmed. No casualties were reported.

According to a Reuters article, the Iraqi military reported that several rockets impacted inside Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone, as well as a nearby neighborhood. No casualties were reported in that attack.

The source of the attacks hasn’t been verified, although Iranian-backed militias are the likely culprit, lashing out for the drone strike death of Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani. Iranian officials threatened “vigorous revenge,” but these instances of rocket harassment demonstrate a limp attempt at vengeance.

Additionally, other unverified reports are emerging on social media, indicating other US occupied bases are being struck as well. However, Iran has been pushing a disinformation campaign since yesterday, reporting fictitious incidents or airstrikes and rocket attacks.

The following unconfirmed video clips reportedly show rockets mid-flight and some aftermath of impacts in a residential neighborhood.

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