According to Iraqi authorities, multiple unguided Katyusha rockets struck Baghdad’s Green Zone. They struck the fortified area on Tuesday, hitting homes in the Jadriya neighbourhood. The projectiles landed approximately 2 km from the US embassy in Baghdad.
The US-led coalition’s spokesman denied any reports of a rocket attack on Camp Taji, the coalition base where one British and two American servicemen were killed last week. The US blames the attacks on Iraq’s Kataib Hezbollah militia, part of the Popular Mobilisation Units.
However, there is no proof of this and no explanation of why would Iraqi militia use such outdated weapons when they were equipped with US arms. And why would they strike a camp harbouring Iraqi troups?
The attack was the fourth in a week and came just a day after two other rockets hit Besmayah, another coalition based camp 45km southeast of Baghdad. The base gouses several NATO troops that include a large Spanish contingent.
The Iraqi Parliament requested that all foreign troops leave the country in January, following the US assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani. US allies that have personnel there complied, but it seems that the US itself is latching on even tighter.
They announced the construction of at least three new bases in the country and is pledging to “beef up” missile defense at it’s existing bases.