5 Iraqi civilians killed in Baghdad rocket attack
Published: 11:34 AM, 29 September 2020
Rocket attack launched targeting Baghdad airport, where US troops are stationed, killed five Iraqi civilians on Monday; Photo: Collected
At least five Iraqi civilians, including three children and two women from the same family, were killed on Monday when a rocket targeting Baghdad airport, where US troops are stationed, fell instead on their home, the army said.
The latest attacks targeting American soldiers in Iraq, it came after Washington threatened to close its embassy and withdraw its 3,000 troops from the country unless the rockets stop. – AFP
Meanwhile, attacks over the past year have caused relatively few casualties, however, Monday’s incident was notable for the number of civilians killed. But no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Half a dozen previously unnamed factions have claimed similar attacks in recent months, under the banner of “Islamic resistance against the American occupier”.
The Iraqi army on Monday accused “criminal gangs and groups of outlaws” of seeking to “create chaos and terrorize people”.
At least 39 rocket attacks targeted from October last year to July this year targeting US troops in Iraq. In total, four soldiers -- two British, one Iraqi and one American -- along with the US and an Iraqi contractor have been killed in the attacks, while several civilians have been wounded.
Iraqi intelligence sources have blamed the attacks on a small group of hardline Iran-backed paramilitary factions.