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Iraqi officials, Kata’ib Hezbollah condemn rocket attack on Baghdad Green Zone

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This picture shows the aftermath of a rocket attack within the perimeter of the high-security Green Zone, where the American and other foreign embassies are based, in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 22, 2021. (Via Twitter)

Senior Iraqi officials and Kata'ib Hezbollah resistance group, which is part of the Popular Mobilization Units, have denounced the latest rocket attack that targeted the high-security zone in the capital Baghdad, blaming rouge elements for the “unjustifiable” assault.

“We strongly condemn the resumption of attacks on diplomatic centers and spread of terror among the residents of Baghdad,” Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Fatah (Conquest) Alliance in Iraq’s parliament, said in a statement.

Ameri, who also leads Iraq’s Badr Organization, censured the rocket fire on Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone as unjustifiable under any pretext, calling on Iraqi security forces to fulfill their duties and protect diplomatic installations across the country.

Iraq’s Security Media Cell announced in a statement that at least two rockets had landed in the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, which houses foreign embassies and some of the main Iraqi government institutions, on Monday evening.

The rockets only caused material damage, and there was no mention of casualties.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kata’ib Hezbollah’s military spokesman Jaafar al-Husseini also called the rocket attack on the high-security Green Zone of Baghdad an attempt to foment unrest in Iraq.

“According to the information received by us, the rocket attack in Green Zone, was the work of evil hands who want to destabilize the country,” Husseini pointed out in a short message.

Furthermore, influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on the Baghdad government to take proper actions to stop attacks on diplomatic missions.

“We are witnessing an increase in the use of weapons, bombings and attacks targeting diplomatic installations in Iraq…They are posing tremendous risk to the lives of Iraqi civilians, and seriously damaging the prestige of the administration,” Sadr wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page.

He called on Iraqi authorities not to stand idly by and adopt appropriate steps to prevent rocket attacks.

Additionally, the leader of the National Wisdom Movement (al-Hikma), Ammar al-Hakim, deplored attacks on diplomatic missions, especially in the Green Zone in the center of Baghdad.

He said those individuals who launch such assaults are not concerned about the dire consequences of their actions, which tarnish the reputation of Iraq, damage the prestige of the government in the global public opinion, and endanger the lives of people residing in the nearby areas.

PMU ‘will disclose info on perpetrators in due time’

Qais al-Khazali, leader of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, which is also part of the PMU, also slammed the rocket attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone.

The continuation of attacks on the Green Zone, which hit residential areas each time and do not cause any damage to the US embassy, comes despite the declared decision of the Iraqi Resistance Coordination Commission to stop such raids, said the commander.

This raises many questions about the party that benefits from such assaults,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“We have information that we will disclose at the appropriate time,” Khazali noted.

‘Mossad controls Daesh camps in Syria’

Meanwhile, the Union of Muslim Scholars in Diyala said the Israeli spy agency Mossad is in control of training camps of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Syria.

“The control of Daesh camps inside Syria has shifted from the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) to the Israeli Mossad, which has been directing the militants for the past few months. The US [military] aircraft prevent any initiative to bombard such camps and secure them. This is proof that Washington is the sponsor of the largest extremist organization, which threatens global security and stability,” the union’s head, Jabbar al-Ma’mouri, told Arabic-language al-Maalomah news agency on Monday.

He added, “Creation of extremist organizations is a US objective, which was formulated decades ago. It started with al-Qaeda [terror network] and has now reached Daesh. They are the offspring of the CIA.”

“Confessions of the White House leaders confirm such evidence. Iraq’s security is tied to the fortification of its border with Syria since there is a scheme that aims to undermine the stability of the country through attacks,” Ma’mouri noted.

Israel frequently targets military positions inside war-ravaged Syria, especially those of the Hezbollah resistance movement that has helped the Syrian army in its fight against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists.

Many view the Israeli acts of aggression as a knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government’s increasing success in confronting terrorism in the country


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