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May 21, 2019 | 17:35 GMT

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Iraq: Little-Known Militia Claims May 19 Rocket Launch Against Baghdad

What Happened: A militia calling itself the Operations of the Martyr Ali Mansour has claimed a May 19 rocket launch that landed in the middle of Baghdad's Green Zone without damaging property or causing casualties, Al Sumaria reported May 21.

Why It Matters: Little information is available about the group and it remains possible that it was acting on behalf of a larger militia in attacking U.S. and Iraqi government interests.

Background: Rising tensions between Iran and the United States have increased scrutiny on potentially destabilizing incidents in Iraq and have already prompted Washington to withdraw non-essential personnel from diplomatic posts in Iraq.

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