ERBIL — Iraq’s top Shia cleric and the leader of Sadrist Movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, has indicated that the anti-US militia groups known as the “Resistance Front” are behind the rocket attacks that target the foreign diplomatic missions.
Late on Monday, three rockets were fired towards the US Embassy in Baghdad. Two of them fell short on civilian-owned vehicles in the Green Zone and caused major material damages.
Sadr issued a statement after the attack to ask what sort of “resistance” is this to pose a threat on civilian lives and cause damage to the reputation of the state.
He urged the government to take decisive actions to prevent such attacks which have significantly grown in the recent months following the killing of Iran’s top general Qasem Soleimani and Iraq’s Shia militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis by the US in Baghdad.
Sadr also urged the militia groups behind the rocket attacks to stop arbitrary actions and violence as they could be more counterproductive.
The rocket attack on the Green Zone was the third attack in Iraq in a week. The first one was last week when 14 rockets were fired towards Erbil International Airport where the US-led Global Coalition are stationed. The second attack was on Balad Airbase which is home to the US forces in Salahaddin province.