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Abdul Mahdi Condemns Rockets Targeting Vicinity of US Embassy

Abdul Mahdi Condemns Rockets Targeting Vicinity of US Embassy

Wednesday, 22 January, 2020 - 06:45
A missile launch pad found in the Za’faraniyah neighborhood of Baghdad, Jan. 21, 2020. (Photo: Baghdad Operation Command)
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Caretaker Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi condemned on Tuesday Katyusha rocket attacks on the US embassy in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad and called for an investigation into the incident.

"The firing of Katyusha rockets at the American embassy is a matter that offends Iraq. The targeting of the US embassy is a crime against diplomatic missions on Iraqi grounds,” he said.

The resigned PM added: "We do not want to increase the escalation in the country.”

Spokesman for the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Major General Abdul Karim Khalaf said in a press statement that Abdul Mahdi directed the Baghdad Operations to open an immediate investigation and pursue the perpetrators of the attack.

The Iraqi news agency nina reported on Tuesday that sirens went off and military helicopters flew over the fortified Green Zone after rockets fell in the area earlier in the day. It said three rockets landed near the US embassy, without causing any human casualties.

Later on Tuesday, Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) said security forces found the missile launch pad from which the rockets targeting the US embassy compound were fired.

“The missile launch pad was found in the Za’faraniyah neighborhood along with another launch pad with the rockets still not fired,” it said, adding that an “investigation is ongoing to find those who carried out this terrorist act.”

While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack or other similar attacks, observers assume that Iranian-linked armed forces stand behind them.

Although Iran has announced that it was sufficient to retaliate for the death of General Qassem Soleimani earlier this month by attacking bases near Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, and in the Ain Assad airbase in Anbar province, raids and attacks across Iraq have lately increased.

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