Hundreds of Iraqis let their anger explode on Tuesday during the funeral of five children and two women from the same family mown down the day before by a rocket fired at Baghdad airport, where American soldiers are stationed.
“This village is like a small Iraq, if the government is not able to protect it, how can it ensure the security of all of Iraq?” one of the members of the funeral procession from the village of Al-Bouchaabane, a few kilometers from Baghdad airport, is carried away.
This tragedy is a new stage in the standoff between the government of Moustafa al-Kazimi, caught between its American and Iranian allies, and pro-Iran armed groups who say they want to kick “the American occupier” out of Iraq. “.
If rocket attacks against the American embassy, Iraqi logistics convoys or bases sheltering American soldiers are now almost daily, they do not cause many casualties in general.
But the toll of Monday night's attack is unprecedented and puts pro-Iran armed groups in a delicate position vis-à-vis public opinion fed up with years of violence and ransom from the country's various armed factions. .
A sign that the consequences could be heavy for these groups, the pro-Iran accounts, which usually quickly greet this kind of attack on social networks, have remained silent.
The new attack on American 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.
In front of the small house of Al-Bouchaabane, not far from the crater dug by the rocket, holes in the walls left by its shards and puddles of blood, dozens of tribal dignitaries in keffiyeh receive condolences.
Several high-ranking officers and officials made the trip to reassure, but for the hundreds of Iraqis who surround the coffins, “we are nowhere safe”, in the words of several of them who report to the AFP how the children were broke, while they were playing in front of their house, enjoying the coolness of the end of the day.