Rockets hit Iraqi base housing US contractors, one Iraqi wounded, security officials say By Reuters

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TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) – Several rockets hit the Iraqi military air base in Balad north of Baghdad on Saturday, wounding an Iraqi contractor, Iraqi security officials said on Saturday. No group immediately claimed the attack. It was the second rocket salvo to hit a base housing US forces or contractors in less than a week. The Iraqi army said four rockets hit the base. Iraqi security officials initially said three rockets had hit and told Reuters the contractor had suffered non-fatal injuries. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media. Armed groups that some Iraqi officials say are backed by Iran have reported similar incidents in the past, including an attack last week on the Erbil international airport compound. The attack killed a contractor working with US forces in the military base portion of the complex. Iranian-aligned paramilitary groups are demanding that all foreign troops, including US forces numbering around 2,500 in Iraq, leave the country, calling their presence an occupation. A US-led coalition whose mission is to fight Islamic State militants is still stationed in Iraq, as well as a NATO-led mission that trains Iraqi security forces.

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