Iraqi Troops Wounded in Attack on Air Base North of Baghdad

Four rockets hit Iraq airbase hosting US troops

Its statement said eight Katyusha-type rockets landed on Al-Balad airbase, wounding two Iraqi officers and two airmen. "These continued violations of Iraq's sovereignty by groups not loyal to the Iraqi government must end".

Seven mortar bombs fell on Sunday inside Iraq's Balad air base, which houses U.S. forces, and four Iraqi soldiers were wounded in the attack, two military sources told Reuters. However, majority were evacuated due to the escalating tensions between USA and Iran.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has accepted that deescalation was the only solution to resolve the crisis with America.

Rouhani said: "Given the importance of security of the region. we've chose to have more consultations and cooperation for the security of the entire region".

This attack came just days after Iran launched an attack on two airbases housing United States soldiers in Iraq in retaliation against last week's assassination of its top military commander Qassem Soleimani. Iraqi security analyst Husham al-Hashimi told the Kurdish news service Rudaw there have not been any "foreign or American military personnel" at the base since January 4.

The Pentagon's top watchdog painted a gloomy picture in November about the five-year-old fight against ISIL, warning the US withdrawal from Syria and subsequent Turkish offensive had let the organization regroup and strengthened its ability to plan attacks against the West.

Yet the report by the U.S. Defense Department's Office of the Inspector General also warned that Iraqi security forces continue to rely heavily on American and other allies when taking the fight to ISIL, raising questions about the effectiveness of military-training efforts. The plane crashed killing all 176 people on board.

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