Several rockets have been launched into an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad where US troops are based, leaving several soldiers wounded according to reports.
Al Jazeera reported that officials and military sources on Sunday evening, said that at least, four Iraqi airmen were wounded after some rockets were launched into the US bases in Iraq.
According to the report, some shells hit the runway of the Balad airbase while another shell struck the gate.
Colonel Mohammed Khalil, a police officer in the northern Iraqi province of Saladin, said,
“Three Iraqi soldiers, who were on guard at the airbase gate, were injured as a result of the shelling.
At the time of this report, no group or individual has laid claim to the attack.
This comes amid tensions between America and Iran over the last two weeks as a result of the death of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian army General killed by airstrike ordered by US president, Donald Trump.
Finally Pentagon Admits 11 US Soldiers Were Hurt In Iran Missile Strike
Days after President Donald Trump and the US military denied claims of casualties after an Iranian missile attack on Iraqi air base on January 8 in retaliation over the killing of the commander of its Revolutionary Guard Qasem Soleimani, the US Central Command has admitted that it treated 11 of its troops for symptoms of concussion.
It was reported that over 1,500 US soldiers at the base were tucked away in bunkers, after advance warning from superiors before the attack.
In his speech on 8 January responding to the strike, Trump said:
“The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”
However on Thursday January 16, US Central Command spokesman Captain Bill Urban disclosed that some American soldiers have been treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed.
He said: “While no US service members were killed in the Jan 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed.”
The statement further revealed that some service members were taken to US facilities in Germany or Kuwait for “follow-on screening”. It added;
“Out of an abundance of caution, service members were transported from Al Asad Air Base, Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for follow-on screening. When deemed fit for duty, the service members are expected to return to Iraq following screening.”
Capt. Bill Urban said eight soldiers were transported to Germany and three were sent to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.
Urban said: “As a standard procedure, all personnel in the vicinity of a blast are screened for traumatic brain injury, and if deemed appropriate are transported to a higher level of care.”
US Senate Prepares For Donald Trump Impeachment Trial
About 100 lawmakers of the U.S. Senate were sworn in on Thursday as jurors for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
BBC reports that Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts administered the oath to the senators.
Justice Roberts asked the senators, “Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, President of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and the laws, so help you God?”
The lawmakers responded with “I do” before each signing in a book that they took the oath.
The senators, will from Jan. 21, begin deliberation on whether Trump should be removed from office over charges brought by the House of Representatives.
Trump was on Dec. 18, 2019, impeached by the House of Representatives, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to his dealings with Ukraine.
But the Republican party has control of the upper chamber and are likely to acquit him.
If this happens, Trump will be joining two former American presidents — Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton — who were impeached but saved by the Senate.
US Senate Formally Accepts Trump’s Impeachment Articles
The two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump were read out Thursday on the US Senate floor ahead of the start of the historic trial against the US president.
“In his conduct, and in violation of his constitutional oath… Donald J. Trump has abused the powers of the presidency,” Representative Adam Schiff, one of the House managers who will lead the prosecution of the president, said as he began reading from the first article of impeachment.