Iraq’s military and a US security source told AFP on Thursday night that K-1 Air Base in the country’s oil-rich Northern Province of Kirkuk had been targeted by a Katyusha rocket, but reported that there were no casualties.
According to Iraqi security sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, the rocket hit an open area on the base at around 8:45 p.m. local time (17;45 GMT).
Security forces reportedly found the launch pad from which the rocket was fired, with 11 more rockets still inside.
An Iraqi security source told AFP that the launch pad was found about five kilometers (three miles) from the base.
It was the first attack on the K1 base since December 27 last year, when a volley of rockets killed an American contractor and wounded several military personnel.
Shortly after the attack, the US Department of Defense, Pentagon, issued a statement, announcing that it had carried out what it called “defensive strikes” in Iraq and Syria against the facilities of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), commonly known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi.
The Pentagon added that it had targeted three locations of the Iraqi fighters in Iraq and two in Syria.
It said the raids targeted weapon storage facilities and command control locations, claiming that the bombings were in response to attacks targeting American terrorist forces in Iraq.
On January 14, Iraq’s military announced in a statement that Camp Taji, situated approximately 27 kilometers (17 miles) north of the capital Baghdad, had been targeted by Katyusha rockets but reported that there were no casualties.