The Iraqi government confirmed that “accurate intelligence was available on people who had previously targeted the Green Zone and Baghdad International Airport with indirect fire several times. The concerned [security] agencies monitored new intensions to carry out firing… against government targets inside the Green Zone”. Consequently, counter-terrorism units had detained “fourteen defendants”, reportedly from Kataeb Hizbollah. “After the arrest process”, the statement added, “armed parties moved by government vehicles and without official approval towards government headquarters… They approached one of the headquarters of the CTS [Counter-Terrorism Service] inside the Green Zone, and worked to provoke CTS”, noting “the seriousness of this behaviour and its threat to the security of the state and its democratic political system”.
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