FILE PHOTO: MQ-1 Predators sit on the Bravo South parking ramp at Balad Air Base, Iraq © REUTERS/U.S. Air Drive/Workers Sgt. Tony R. Tolley
Reuters: U.S. forces put together to evacuate contractors from Iraqi base: navy sources
TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) – U.S. forces are getting ready to evacuate a whole lot of employees working for Lockheed Martin Corp and Sallyport International from an Iraqi navy base the place they work as contractors, three Iraqi navy sources stated on Friday.
Almost 400 contractors from the 2 companies are on the point of depart Balad navy base, which hosts U.S. forces some 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, over “potential safety threats”, they stated, with out saying what these threats may be.
The U.S. navy denied any deliberate evacuation from the sprawling Balad base, which final week was hit by three mortar shells. Nobody has claimed accountability for the assault.
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WNU Editor: That is the rationale why …. Iran is utilizing Iraq as a entrance in its take a look at of US resolve (Seth J. Frantzman, The Hill).
Extra Information On The Evacuation Of U.S. Contractors From Balad Army Base In Iraq
US stated readying to evacuate contractors from Iraqi base attributable to safety menace — Instances of Israel
US forces put together to evacuate contractors from Iraqi base – sources — TRT
US to Provoke Evacuation of Balad Base in Iraq Over ‘Potential Safety Threats’ — Sputnik
US evacuates Iraqi base over ‘potential safety threats’ — RT