On July 7th, in what is turning out to be an almost daily occurrence, at least three Katyusha rockets have landed within Baghdad’s highly fortified Green Zone, according to Iraqi security sources.
This happened less than a day after rocket and drone attacks targeted bases hosting American occupation forces in the country and neighboring Syria.
A statement released by the Security Media Cell, affiliated with the Iraqi prime minister’s office, said the first missile fell near the headquarters of the National Security Agency, while the second one slammed into a square.
The statement added that the third projectile hit the residential Sheikh Omar area in the Rusafa district of Baghdad, damaging a civilian car.
Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) reported that sirens went off warning of a rocket attack on the US embassy in the Green Zone at the Third al-Tawheed Base.
The report added that the sounds of C-RAM missile systems responding to the projectiles, followed by massive explosions, could be heard throughout much of the area.
After the attack, a faction of the PMU rejected the involvement of the anti-terror resistance fighters in the rocket attack against Baghdad’s Green Zone.
“The US embassy has so far not had a place in the equation of reactions from the Iraqi Resistance Coordination Committee. Should we decide to attack the facility, it will be struck with precision-guided munitions, not Katyusha rockets, to prevent collateral damage,” Qais Khazali, who leads the Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq resistance group, wrote in a tweet.
He added that Katyusha rockets are notorious for missing their targets and hitting urban areas, and Iraqi resistance groups will not utilize them in case the US embassy in Baghdad comes into such an equation.
Earlier in the same day, the Ain al-Asad airbase was targeted by a number of rockets.
Sabereen News, citing preliminary figures, reported at the time that five people were injured in the attack on the base.
However, Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, sought in a post published on his official Twitter page to downplay the number of causalities, and put it at two.
A resistance group called Revenge of al-Muhandis Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack on Ain al-Assad, and vowed to defeat the “brutal occupation” of US forces.
It said it struck the base with 30 BM-21 Grad rockets, adding that the projectiles hit their targets accurately.
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