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05 Dec 2019 | 03:58 PM UTC

Iraq: Mortars hit Balad air base December 5, with no casualties reported /update 1

Two mortars land inside Balad air base December 5, with no casualties immediately reported; similar mortar attacks targeting facilities hosting US forces and contractors possible over the near term

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Event

Two mortars landed inside the confines of Balad air base (Saladin province), which houses US forces and contractors, on Thursday, December 5. No casualties were immediately reported.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are likely near the base over the coming hours. Similar mortar attacks targeting facilities hosting US forces and contractors are possible in Iraq over the near term.  

Advice

Individuals in Saladin province are advised to monitor developments, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. Seek shelter immediately in the event of a rocket or mortar attack.

The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.