Rocket attacks target Baghdad’s airport; civilian vehicles damaged: Military

In another attack late August, two rockets struck areas just outside the airport, causing minimal damage and no casualties.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A trio of rocket attacks struck Baghdad’s International Airport on Sunday, damaging four civilian vehicles, top Iraqi military sources announced.  

Three Katyusha rockets targeted Baghdad’s main airport, as one of the rockets fell inside the airport’s main parking lot, causing material damage to four civilian vehicles, Iraq’s Joint Operations Center (JOC) said.

The attack was launched from Zaytoun neighborhood of the Abu Ghraib district, 20 miles west of Baghdad. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Frequent rocket attacks on military installations hosting advisors from the US-led Coalition to defeat the Islamic State have occurred with regularity over the past few years. Additionally, multiple areas within the Green Zone have been commonly targeted by often improvised rockets in attacks that Washington and most international observers have blamed on the ranian-backed Shia militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF)

In late August, two rockets struck areas just outside the airport, causing minimal damage and no casualties.

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The Joint Operation Command said that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had ordered the security forces to find the perpetrators behind the attack, without elaborating or providing further details.

Kadhimi vowed to arrest “those behind these attacks,” as “their aim is clear [which] is to embarrass the government,” he said during an interview with the UAE paper, The National.

“They want the government to appear weak,” Kadhimi added.”These reckless rocket attacks hurt Iraqis too.”

Editing by Laurie Mylroie