Iraqi security sources said that a Katyusha missile fell late on Wednesday evening on Baghdad International Airport near the part where the American forces base is located, while Iraqi sources revealed a secret visit of the commander of the Iranian Quds Force to Iraq.
The sources added that the attack targeted the Al-Nasr base, or the so-called Victoria base, which includes US forces. The extent of the losses is not yet known.
This attack comes a few hours after another attack with three missiles on Balad Air Base in Salah al-Din Governorate.
The Security Media Cell said that the attack did not result in human or material losses.
In a related context, well-informed Iraqi sources reported that the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Ismail Qaani, made a lightning secret visit to Baghdad yesterday, Wednesday, before leaving for the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
The sources, who are two political and a third security source, told Anadolu Agency that “Qani made an unannounced visit to Baghdad that lasted for several hours, during which he met separately with the President of the Republic, Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi.”
The sources, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue, added that Qaani’s talks in Baghdad dealt with the security and political developments in the Iraqi arena.
And she added, “The discussions focused mainly on the recent escalation between the government and factions of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization, against the background of the arrest of the leader of the crowd, Qassem Musleh, about two weeks ago, and then his release.”
The sources added that as soon as Qaani’s talks ended in Baghdad, he left for the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
It was not immediately possible to obtain official comment from Baghdad or Tehran regarding what the sources said.
Qani’s visit to Baghdad coincided with the release of Qassem Musleh, commander of the Popular Mobilization Operations in Anbar Governorate (west), for lack of evidence of his involvement in the assassination of Ihab al-Wazani, head of the protests coordination in the city of Karbala (south) on the ninth of last May.
The arrest of Musleh last May 27 angered factions in the Popular Mobilization, and they surrounded sites in the “Green Zone” in central Baghdad, including Al-Kazemi’s house and the building of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
Hours later, the government handed Mosleh over to the Popular Mobilization factions for the purpose of completing investigations with him while he was in their possession, before a decision was issued yesterday, Wednesday, to release him.
The Popular Mobilization is an institution affiliated with the armed forces, and is directly linked to the Prime Minister, but observers believe that its influence has increased a lot and is not subject to government orders, but rather to its leaders close to Iran.
Since October 2019, Iraq has witnessed popular protests that toppled the previous government headed by Adel Abdul-Mahdi in late 2019, and the ruling political forces are accused of corruption and incompetence.
Unidentified gunmen assassinated dozens of protest activists, and Al-Kazemi pledged to hold those responsible for these assassinations accountable.