The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) debunked the shelling in a statement issued hours after the attack was first reported.
"The Iraqi Security Media Cell has confirmed that reports of attacks at the Ninewah Operation Center in Mosul are false: we ask that people request confirmation through government officials, instead of spreading rumors", the statement said.
According to various media reports, the commander of the Nineveh operations denied that any attack occurred. Netizens have shared an unconfirmed statement by the commander.
https://t.co/xchkmFdsjA Major General Numan Zubaie just denied the news, he's the Commander of Nineveh/Ninawa Operations.— TØM CΛT (@TomtheBasedCat) 4 January 2020
Earlier in the day, Iraq's Kataib Hezbollah militia warned Iraqi security forces to stay away from American military installations in Iraq. Several projectiles on Saturday hit Baghdad residential areas in Al-Jadriya and the Balad military base to the north of the capital. Al-Arabiya reported that five people were injured as a result of mortar shelling in the Al-Jadriya region.