Iraqi forces foil rocket attack on Baghdad Green Zone

Iraqi security forces have announced that they have foiled a Katyusha rocket attack targeting the heavily fortified Green Zone of Baghdad.

Troops found the rocket in al-Qanat Street in eastern Baghdad and dismantled it, Xinhua News Agency said on Friday, citing the Iraqi Joint Operations Command in a statement without giving further details. ‘incident.

No group has so far claimed responsibility.

Military bases housing US troops across Iraq and the US Embassy in the Green Zone have often been the target of insurgent mortar and rocket attacks.

Last month, four Katyusha rockets struck the heavily fortified Green Zone of Baghdad with no casualties.

At the end of May, the Iraqi army confirmed that two rockets had hit a military base housing international coalition forces near Baghdad.

In January, the attack on Baghdad International Airport also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of the Iranian-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

The Iranian attack came after a U.S. drone attacked a convoy at Baghdad International Airport on January 3 that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of Iraqi paramilitary forces Hashd Shaabi.

More than 5,000 US troops have been deployed to Iraq to support Iraqi forces in the fighting against Islamic State militants.

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