Sunday, February 5

Iran condemns rocket fire at Baghdad airport

Iran on Saturday condemned rocket fire the day before at Baghdad’s international airport and said the operation “seeks to destabilize” Iraq.

“Such suspicious actions create insecurity and unrest, which pave the way for enemies and insurgents in Iraq,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadeh said in a statement.

In the evening, Kuwait Airways announced that it was suspending its flights to Iraq in the wake of that attack.

At dawn on Friday, six Katyusha-type rockets landed on runways and parking areas at Baghdad International Airport. They did not cause any casualties but they did damage two airliners that were empty.

It is the latest in a series of attacks that the United States often blames on pro-Iran Iraqi factions.

“This attack is an act that seeks to destabilize Iraq,” a country that “Iran has always supported in maintaining its security, its development, its progress and its territorial integrity,” Khatibzadeh stressed.

These acts, which are never claimed, are usually targeted at US interests and the troops of the international anti-jihadist coalition in Iraq, whose departure is being demanded by the armed groups in favor of Iran.

On December 9, Iraq announced the “end of the combat mission” of the coalition, which nevertheless maintains troops in Iraqi territory, where they carry out training and advice.

They are about 2,500 US soldiers and about a thousand soldiers from member countries of the coalition.

The wave of attacks has intensified since the beginning of the year, with Iran and several allied groups marking the second anniversary of the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and his Iraqi right-hand man Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis, killed by a US drone in Iraq on January 3. of 2020.