On September 28th, unknown attackers fired two Katyusha rockets at a house in Baghdad, killing two women and three children while severely wounding two other children, the Iraqi military said.
The three Iraqi children and two women were from the same family and were killed when a rocket targeting Baghdad airport, where US troops are stationed, fell on their home instead, the army said in a statement.
The rockets were launched from the al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad.
The military accused “cowardly criminal gangs and groups of outlaws” of seeking to “create chaos and terrorize people”.
It said Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi had ordered the arrest of the perpetrators and said “these gangs will not be allowed to go around and tamper with security” with impunity.
This is the latest attack on American positions in Iraq, but this time it led to civilian casualties.
Between October 2019 and July 2020, at least 39 rocket attacks targeted American interests in Iraq. A similar number again has taken place in just August and September.
Rockets often target the US embassy in Baghdad, within the heavily fortified Green Zone, and US troops present in Iraqi bases as well as the Baghdad airport. Roadside bombs have also targeted convoys carrying equipment destined for US-led coalition forces.
No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack.
Influential Shiite cleric and politician Moqtada al-Sadr has called for a commission of inquiry into the rocket attacks, a proposal backed by Kadhemi.
The Popular Mobilization Units dismissed several commanders accused of links to attacks on western interests, while denying responsibility for the acts of groups claiming PMU links and “carrying out illegal military acts against foreign interests”.
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