Second rocket attack in two weeks targets Baghdad International Airport

BAGHDAD — On Sunday evening, Baghdad International Airport was targeted by the second rocket attack in two weeks.

According to a security official, one of two rockets fired at the airport landed near the military air base where the forces of the U.S.-led International Coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS) are stationed. No casualties were reported as a result of the rocket fire.

The official also stated that the second missile was intercepted by the bases C-RAM (Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar) defense system recently deployed by U.S. forces to protect Coalition bases in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KRI) after they were targeted by multiple rocket attacks.

No party declared responsibility about the attack, however Washington accused pro-Iranian Iraqi militias of targeting its forces and diplomats in Baghdad and other military bases in Iraq where U.S. soldiers are stationed.

Since U.S. President Joe Biden assumed office at the end of January, approximately 30 attacks, with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) or rockets have targeted logistical convoys and bases of the U.S.-led Coalition and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. In total, two foreign contractors, nine Iraqi contractors, and eight civilians have been killed in the attacks.