Katyusha rocket targets the Baghdad International Airport
Affected Countries: iraq;
Iraq witnessed a series of security events across multiple governorates on Thursday. The events included the targeting of the Baghdad International Airport with a Katyusha rocket.
Also, the Iraqi security forces launched an anti-terrorism and gun control operations in four Iraqi governorates dubbed ‘Al-Waad Al-Sadiq’.
“A security operation was launched in Diyala, Kirkuk, Nineveh governorates,” the spokesman for the Joint Operations Command Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji told the Iraqi state news agency.
Security operations also continued in Maysan, Al Muthanna, Saladin and Basra governorates in southern Iraq.
Meanwhile, armed militias continued targeting of military camps, the Baghdad International Airport and logistics supply convoys belonging to the US-led International Coalition.
Katyusha rocket fell in the vicinity of Baghdad airport but caused no casualties, Iraq state news agency INA said on Thursday, the second such attack on the airport this week.
On Sunday, three Katyusha rockets landed within the perimeter of the airport. One of them landed on an airport garage, damaging four civilian vehicles without causing casualties.
Baghdad airport and other locations, including the US embassy and military bases that house US troops and diplomats, have been the target of frequent missile attacks since last year.
Washington blames armed Iraqi factions linked to Iran for the attacks targeting its embassy and military bases where US soldiers are deployed.
In other news, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi arrived in Erbil on Thursday morning to meet with top Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials.
Kadhimi’s visit to the Kurdistan region will focus on discussing the national budget, areas of disputes, the Peshmerga, and borders.
A statement issued by Kadhimi’s office quoted him as saying: “The sovereignty unites us as Iraqis and we cannot neglect it”, indicating that, “the opportunity is now available to strengthen joint action, provide the best effort that serves the Iraqi people, and hold elections in a way that expresses the Iraqi’s real choices”.
President of the Kurdistan Regional Government Masrour Barzani, for his part, expressed appreciation for the Iraqi PM’s visit, stressing the region’s readiness to make efforts in reforming and resolving the outstanding issues between the federal government and the regional government.