BREAKING NEWS: Two rockets hit Iraqi capital’s Green Zone: security sources. Several other Baghdad residents and local media reported explosions in the Iraqi capital.
Several rocket strikes have targeted the Green Zone over the past year, but none has hit the US embassy. Washington had blamed the Iran-linked Popular Mobilisation Units for similar attacks in the past.
The attack came nearly 24 hours after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing American and other coalition forces, which did not cause casualties.
The strikes were in retaliation for a US drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis last week.
- There are no casualties from the rocket attack, the Iraqi military has added.
- Three katyusha rockets have struck Baghdad’s green zone, according to security sources in the region.
- Two loud blasts followed by sirens were heard on Wednesday night in the Iraqi capital, witnesses said.
- The fire was concentrated in the international area of the city where the US embassy among other buildings is located.
- Reuters cites the Iraqi military as confirming that two Katyusha rockets have fallen inside the green zone.
- The projectiles are a Second World War-era Soviet invention, mounted in a rack on a truck or carried one-by-one in man-portable launchers.
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