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Iranian-backed militias carried out Green Zone attack, say Iraqi counterterrorism officials


Added 05-20-19 03:35:02pm EST - “Members of the Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah were responsible for Sunday's rocket attack that landed near U.S. military and diplomatic outposts in Baghdad's Green Zone, Iraqi counterterrorism officials say.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Iranian-backed militias carried out Green Zone attack, say Iraqi counterterrorism officials”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Members of the Iranian-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah were responsible for Sunday’s rocket attack that landed near U.S. military and diplomatic outposts in Baghdad’s Green Zone, Iraqi counterterrorism officials say.

Top officials with the country’s Counter Terrorism Services told the Daily Beast on Monday that the paramilitary group launched the Katyusha rocket landed near the parade grounds inside the heavily-fortified Green Zone, which is home to the U.S. embassy as well as the main headquarters for the American-led coalition battling the Islamic State.

Iraqi officials say the attack was designed as a singular strike, designed as a way to test U.S. defenses in and around key installations in Iraq, but stopped short of the kind of strike that would trigger an American military response, according to reports.

The Shi’ite militia, which has long had strong ties to the Iranian regime, denied the accusations on social media Monday, saying Sunday’s rocket attack was “unjustified, its timing inappropriate, and it does not serve the public interest.”

Other Shia militias affiliated with Iran also vehemently denied any involvement on the Green Zone strike. Qais al-Khazali, leader of Iranian-backed Asaib Ahl al-Haq said in a Twitter post warned against any U.S. response that could further engulf Iraq in a proxy war between Tehran and the West.

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