Friday, 03 January 2020 06:11

Rockets Fall on Baghdad Airport, Security Unit Says

BAGHDAD - Three Katyusha rockets fell on Baghdad International Airport, the Iraqi military-run Security Media Cell said early Friday.

The Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces said in a post on Facebook that their director of public relations had been killed in what they described as a "cowardly U.S. bombing."

The rockets landed near the air cargo terminal, burning two vehicles and injuring several people, Security Media Cell said in a statement. Police and medical sources, however, said at least one person was killed and nine were wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday following U.S. air raids on Sunday against Kataeb Hezbollah militia bases in retaliation for missile attacks that killed a U.S. contractor in northern Iraq last week.

Tension between the United States and Iran has ramped up in the region over U.S. economic sanctions hurting the Iranian economy. The two sides have traded blame over attacks on oil installations, militia arms depots and military bases hosting U.S. forces.


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