Salahuddin (IraqiNews) Salahuddin Operations Command announced, on Thursday, that a fire broke out in the vicinity of Camp Speicher in Salahuddin Province. The fire broke out after a helicopter belonging to the US-led international coalition fired flares on the dry grass.
The Command said in a press statement that the Civil Defense vehicles of Salahuddin Province, backed by the Command’s forces, managed to put out the fire that broke out in the dry bushes, in Martyr Majid Tamimi Airbase (Camp Speicher).
“The flames spread due to wind power and reached the nearby farms,” the Command added. “The fire was caused by the firing of heat flares on the dry grass by a US-led coalition helicopter.”
It is noteworthy that Camp Speicher is an air installation near Tikrit in northern Iraq. The United States Army captured the base from the Iraqi Army during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Prior to the 2003 invasion, the installation was the main base of the Iraqi Air Force Air Academy.