Policy 2019/05/19 23:57 1227
Baghdad today – follow-up
On Sunday, May 19, 2019, the US State Department suspended the Katyusha rocket attack on the Green Zone in Baghdad and determined where it would fall.
“A homemade missile has already landed in the Green Zone in central Baghdad,” Sky News quoted a State Department official as saying, adding that “the location was near the US embassy.”
“Washington is communicating with Iraqi officials and investigating the details of the incident,” he said.
The security information cell in Iraq had announced earlier, the fall of a “Katyusha” on the Green Zone in central Baghdad, while foreign media, Arab and local, that the missile landed in the vicinity of the US embassy in the region, and heard the sound of sirens issued by them .
The Baghdad Operations Command confirmed the location of the missile launch pad, saying it had found it near the university in the center of the capital.
The parliamentary security and defense committee in Iraq suspended the targeting of the Green Zone by an unknown Katyusha rocket.
“The bombing of the Green Zone may have targeted the Iraqi government or the parliament, not the US embassy, especially since there are people against the policy of the state and the Iraqi parliament,” said Badr al-Ziadi, a member of the committee.
“The committee will convene an urgent meeting on Monday to discuss the issue and is waiting for an Iraqi security report to determine the location of the missile launch area and the available intelligence.”
This comes days after the US State Department asked its “non-essential” staff to leave Iraq, while Exxon Mobil, a US oil company in Basra, postponed its staff and transferred them to Dubai, amid escalating tension between Washington and Tehran. The Arabian