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06 May 2020 | 09:39 AM UTC

Iraq: Reports of IDF strike near Baghdad International Airport (BGW) May 6

Iraq News Alert

IDF strike reported near Baghdad International Airport (BGW) on May 6; no casualties reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/6/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Baghdad). COUNTRY/REGION Baghdad, Baghdad International Airport (BGW)

Event

An IDF attack was reported in the vicinity of Baghdad International Airport (BGW) on Wednesday, May 6, at 04:48 (local time). Three rounds landed in the airport's perimeter, which hit the US Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center (BDSC) compound. A possible fourth impact occurred at the Al-Muthanna Base (M2A2) which is owned by the Iraqi government and is situated to the north east of BGW. The attacks have yet to be confirmed by the Iraqi government.

Similar attacks targeting US facilities are possible in Iraq over the near term.

Context

This is the latest attack on US assets in Iraq, which have occurred regularly since late 2019 by Iran-backed militias in Iraq. The attack coincides with the Iraqi Parliament's vote on May 6 to approve Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Al-Kadhimi's proposed cabinet. Parliament has failed to approve cabinets for two previous prime minister designates, marking deadlock in the political ranks.

Advice

Individuals in Baghdad are advised to closely monitor the situation, avoid the affected area, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas with proper security protocols in place, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.

 

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