|Baghdad’s Green Zone hosts the US, pictured, and other embassies (AFP)|
Iraq’s military, a rocket fired towards Baghdad’s Green Zone, which hosts the
US and other embassies, fell just short of its target, causing damage to a home
and injuring a child early on Sunday,
comes a little over a week since unprecedented arrests of Iran-backed militia
said to have prevented similar incident
statement added that security forces at the same time stopped another Katyusha
rocket from being launched at Taji military air base, north of the capital,
which hosts US troops.
raid that put Kadhimi and Kataeb Hezbollah on a collision course. No known
Iran-backed groups have claimed responsibility, Reuters reported.
medical source confirmed that a child had been slightly hurt and that it had
been caused by rockets which landed in the home.
source reported that a system of anti-rocketing was created for the defense of
the United States’ Embassy and was tested on Saturday and fired a mid-air
rocket before hitting the Green Zone.
security forces raided a headquarters of the Iran-backed Kataeb Hezbollah
militia in southern Baghdad last week, arresting more than a dozen members of
the group on charges of involvement in rocket attacks. Most of whom were
released shortly afterwards.
backed by Iran have come to dominate parts of Iraq’s security institutions,
economy and political life.
Mustafa al-Kadhimi’s government is favoured by the United States and has
indicated it will back up tough talk against the militias with action.
labeled the operation pre-emptive as an attempt to “maintain the state’s
prestige” by stopping near-daily missile attacks on U.S. embassy and
military bases hosting US troops for months.
reported on Thursday, Middle East Eye observers wondered whether it would
really have the opposite effect and asked Kadhimi’s gravity in tackling the
semi-official armied factions of his country.