Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Al-Kazemi confirms that Iraq “will not be an arena for settling scores.”


Al-Kazemi stressed that “the absurd missiles are an attempt to impede the government’s progress and embarrass it, but our security services will reach the perpetrators, and they will be brought before public opinion.”

He stressed that “preemptive operations against terrorism are continuing and escalating to eliminate what remains of terror holes and hotbeds. We salute our heroic forces of all kinds, while they are engaged day and night in pursuing terrorist cells.”

Al-Kazemi’s words came hours after rockets were fired at the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

The Balad air base in Salah al-Din governorate, north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, was also subjected to missile strikes on Saturday night, resulting in the injury of an Iraqi contractor with the army, according to a correspondent, “Sky News Arabia.”

Security sources revealed that two missiles targeted the US military wing of the American company “Saliburter” at Balad Air Force Base, which includes American contractors, while a third missile did not succeed in hitting its target.

The attack on the Balad base comes less than a week after several rocket-propelled grenades landed in and around Erbil airport.

Western military and diplomatic sites in Iraq are constantly exposed to missile and bomb attacks, and the Americans and Iraqi officials attribute those attacks to armed factions close to Iran.

Missiles continued even after the US-led international coalition, which helped Iraqi forces defeat ISIS in 2017, reduced the number of soldiers.

The number of foreign military personnel in Iraq has nearly halved, and it currently stands at 3,500 people.

The International Coalition continues to assist the Iraqi forces with intelligence information and air strikes in combating ISIS sleeper cells in the desert and mountainous areas.





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