Thursday, 3 February 2022

ROCKETS HIT AIRPORT COMPOUND NEAR UNITED STATES AIRBASE IN BAGHDAD

Rockets Hit Baghdad Airport Compound Near United States Airbase

 


At least three (3) rockets have landed in the Baghdad International Airport compound and near an adjacent United States airbase, damaging one disused civilian aeroplane, Iraqi police source said.

 

The officials did not report any other damage or any injuries in Friday's, January 28, 2022 adding that the damaged Iraqi Airways aircraft was out of use.

 

Iraq's state news agency reported, citing the country's aviation authority, that there was no disruption to travel.

 

The United States airbase, known as Camp Victory, is located around the perimeter of Baghdad's civilian airport.

 

Rocket attacks, which the United States and some Iraqi officials blame on Iran-aligned Shia groups who oppose the United States military presence in the region, have regularly hit the complex in recent years.

 

Earlier this month, at least four rockets targeted the United States embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, wounding two (2) civilians, according to two Iraqi security officials.

 

Three of the missiles struck within the perimeter of the embassy, while another hit a school located in a nearby residential complex, injuring two people.

 

The Green Zone hosts most foreign diplomatic missions, including the United States embassy and the Iraqi prime minister's house.

 

It has been repeatedly targeted by rocket attacks since the killing of Iran's General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a United States drone attack in January 2020.

 

The armed groups have pledged revenge for Soleimani's killing and have conditioned the end of the attacks on the full exit of American troops from the country.

 

Baghdad and Washington agreed in a fourth and final round of the strategic dialogue on July 26 to withdraw United States forces from Iraq by the end of year 2021.

 

Some 2,500 soldiers will remain as the coalition shifts to an advisory mission to continue supporting Iraqi forces.

 

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