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Tishwash: Rocket attack targeting an international coalition base at Baghdad airport

On Sunday evening, two missiles targeted Baghdad airport, where US forces are deployed in an attack that is the second of its kind within ten days and coincides with attempts to achieve rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, which often adopts loyal Iraqi factions targeting US interests in this country.

The Iraqi army said that at least two rockets landed in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport on Sunday. He added that one of the missiles was intercepted and dropped near the airport, without causing any casualties or damage.

And two security officials said earlier that the two missiles were fired from an area near the airport, according to Reuters.

A similar missile attack targeted the airport on April 22nd.

For his part, a security official told the French Press Agency that one of the rockets landed near the air base at Baghdad airport, where the coalition forces are stationed against the “ISIS” led by Washington.

The official, who asked not to be named, explained that the second missile was intercepted by the “C-Ram” defense system, which are anti-air batteries that the Americans had deployed to protect their forces in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region of Iraq after they were targeted with dozens of missile attacks.

No party immediately claimed the attack, but Washington regularly accuses Iraqi armed factions close to Iran of targeting its forces and diplomats in Baghdad and other military bases deployed in Iraq where American soldiers are stationed.

Since US President Joe Biden came to power at the end of January, about 30 attacks with improvised explosive devices or missiles have targeted logistical convoys of the international coalition and bases containing US soldiers and the US embassy in Baghdad.

These attacks resulted in the deaths of two foreign contractors, nine Iraqis, who were one contractor, and eight civilians.

Dozens of other missile attacks have targeted Americans in Iraq since the fall of 2019 under the administration of former President Donald Trump, and have also left dead and wounded.

The attacks reached a new level in mid-April, when Iraqi factions loyal to Iran carried out for the first time a car bomb attack on a military base hosting Americans at Erbil airport in the north of the country.

Unknown groups have claimed responsibility for some of the attacks, and observers say they are only fronts for Iraqi organizations loyal to Iran, whose leaders constantly vow to escalate attacks against 2,500 American soldiers deployed in Iraq.

Discussions are currently taking place in Vienna to try to revive the international agreement on the Iranian nuclear file, thanks to the change of administration in Washington.

Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from the agreement in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran. In response, Tehran gradually abandoned its obligations under the agreement.  link

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