28 Jan 2022, 14:36
Update : 28 Jan 2022, 15:55

Six rockets target Baghdad airport, damaging plane: sources

     BAGHDAD, Jan 28, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - Six rockets were fired Friday at the

Iraqi capital's airport, causing damage but no casualties, security sources
said, the latest in a string of attacks the US blames on Iran-linked

   The rockets hit Baghdad International Airport's runways or parking areas,
one of the sources said.

   "One civilian plane has been hit and damaged," this source, based at the
interior ministry, said.

   A second security source confirmed the attack consisted of six rockets
that fell around civil installations at the airport, damaging a stationary

   A third source identified the plane as a Boeing 767 belonging to the
state-owned Iraqi Airways, noting that it was not in service and was
undergoing repairs.

   The attack was not immediately claimed.

   Recent months have seen rocket and drone attacks target the US embassy in
Baghdad's high-security Green Zone, a US diplomatic facility at the airport
and troops belonging to a US-led coalition stationed at Iraqi bases.

   The attacks are rarely claimed but are routinely pinned on pro-Iran
factions, who demand that US troops who were deployed to help Iraqi forces
fight the Islamic State group leave the country.

   The US-led coalition ended its combat mission in Iraq in December, four
years after Iraq's government declared victory over the jihadists.

   But roughly 2,500 American soldiers and 1,000 coalition soldiers will
remain deployed in Iraq to offer training, advice and assistance to national

   On January 3, US forces downed two armed drones that targeted the
coalition at Baghdad airport, according to a coalition source.

   On January 13, three people, including two children, were wounded by a
rocket that hit a school in the Green Zone, while two other rockets fell
inside the US embassy complex, without causing casualties.

   In September, an "armed drone" attack targeted Arbil international airport
in Iraqi Kurdistan, where a base hosts coalition troops.



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