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Rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone again

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Post by chouchou on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 5:07 am

Rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone where the US Embassy is located Wednesday night. It was the latest in a string of such attacks by unknown groups as the United States and Iraq discuss the status of the American military in the country.

Iraq’s Security Media Cell, a part of the prime minister’s office that reports on security developments, reported that four rockets fell in the fortified Green Zone, where several embassies are located, late Wednesday night. The incident was “without human or material losses,” the cell said [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] . Security forces determined the rockets were fired from south Baghdad.

The attack followed several other recent rocket attacks in the Green Zone and on US and Iraqi military positions in the country. On Monday, rockets hit [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , where both US and Iraqi forces are. On Sunday, Iraqi forces [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on their positions and near a base hosting US troops north of Baghdad. A [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] near the Baghdad airport last week.

In a more deadly incident, two American troops and one British soldier died during a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]  in March. The Iraqi military base hosts foreign troops who are part of the global coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS).

The US and Iraq are [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on the status of US forces in the country, who are there to help Iraq fight IS. The latest talks ended last week with the United States pledging to continue removing troops from Iraq and Iraq committing to protecting US forces there.

Political pressure against the US presence increased when the United States killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani via an airstrike in Baghdad in January, which followed an attack by pro-Iran militia supporters on the US Embassy in Baghdad.

Several of the recent rocket attacks have gone unclaimed. The United States suspects Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are behind the attacks.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] reported yesterday that League of the Revolutionaries, a mysterious new Iraqi group that has [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on the United States before, took credit for a US military [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] at Camp Taji last week. The US military said the incident was not the result of an attack, however. The group also claimed credit for one of the recent missile strikes on the Baghdad airport, according to Iran’s Al-Alam News Network.

Muhammad al-Waeli, an Iraq-based analyst, said the recent rocket attacks aim to drive the US military out of Iraq as negotiations continue.

“The rocket attacks sort of provide pressure on both the Iraqi government and also the Americans in Iraq in regards to the negotiation process,” Waeli told Al-Monitor. “The ones doing the attacks aim at making the Americans pull out or at least have a very limited presence.”

Waeli said the recent attacks are likely the result of Iraqi groups who are not part of the main PMU factions. He said it is possible the groups have relations with Iran but are not directly controlled by Tehran, similar to the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] .

Several new militias claimed responsiblity for the attacks on their telegram channels. The Joint Operations Command has formed a special committee to investigate the recent attacks.

“We shouldn’t think of it as a centralized process in which Iran is supporting and controlling them and telling them when to hit and what. These groups are very likely Iraqi and they have their own agenda,” Waeli said. “For them, it’s actually safer to not have a strong, centralized connection with Iran.”

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Post by chouchou on Fri 19 Jun 2020, 5:08 am

Rockets have landed inside the heavily fortified [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on Thursday, for the fifth time in ten days, according to a security source within the Green Zone.

At least three explosions were heard, followed by the sound of sirens in the Green Zone, as several rockets fell in the area. It was not immediately known if the attack caused injuries or damages.

Thursday’s attack comes after a series of similar assaults, including a missile attack on a base inside Baghdad International Airport, and another aggression on a base north of Baghdad where US troops are stationed.

On 8 June, two missiles hit the Baghdad airport complex, while an unguided missile landed near the US embassy in the Green Zone.

While no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, the US often holds Iraqi armed factions loyal to Iran responsible.

On 11 June, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] to define their military, economic and cultural relationship.

As part of the talks, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , which numbered about 5,200 last year.

Meanwhile, Iraq has vowed to protect the military personnel stationed on its soil as part of the US-led coalition fighting [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] .

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