Three children and two women from the same Iraqi family were killed on Monday (September 28th) when a rocket fired at the Baghdad airport, where American soldiers are stationed, struck their home, it said. army.
Read also: In Iraq, Florence Parly facing the shadows of Daesh
The new attack on US interests, the latest in a series of quarantines since early August, comes as Washington threatened to close its embassy and withdraw its 3,000 troops from Iraq if rocket fire did not stop.
These attacks - which have been going on for a year and have recently been claimed by obscure groups - have claimed very few victims.
Two British and American soldiers were killed, along with an American subcontractor, as well as an Iraqi soldier and subcontractor.
Civilians were also injured when rockets hit their homes.
This is the first time, however, that so many civilians have died in such an attack.
According to the army, two other children were injured in the attack.
Pro-Iran social media accounts usually quickly hail such an attack, but that was not the case on Monday.
The attack has not been claimed, but others of this type have been claimed by recently emerged obscure groups who say in their press releases that they are acting against "
the American occupier
These groups with obscure names are, according to experts, the false noses of the pro-Iran Shiite factions of Hachd al-Chaabi, now integrated into the state.
The Iraqi army, she accused "
criminal gangs and gangs of outlaws
" who seek to "
create chaos and terrorize people
" in its statement Monday night.
From October to the end of July already, 39 rocket attacks had targeted American interests.
The senior American officers have considered for a year that the pro-Iran armed groups are a greater danger than the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, who once held a third of Iraq.
Washington keeps asking Baghdad for decisive action against these groups.
But Iraq must also come to terms with its big neighbor Iran, which arms, finances and supports many factions of the Hashd.