Thursday, January 2, 2020

"Rockets fired toward Baghdad airport, at least 7 dead, officials say"


At least three rockets were fired at Baghdad International Airport Friday killing at least seven people, according to multiple reports early Friday.

Local reporters had suggested that pro-Iran military leaders may have been targeted, but officials have not yet confirmed all of the dead and who may have been behind the attack.
The head of protocol of an Iranian-backed paramilitary force was among those killed by rockets during the early hours Friday near Baghdad International Airport, a source from the group and an Iraqi security source told CNN.

Rockets hit two vehicles belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces that were carrying the head of protocol and guests leaving the airport, the sources said.


The PMF is a paramilitary Shia force made up of former militias with close ties to Iran whose supporters and members attempted to storm the US embassy.