Rocket explodes near US embassy in Iraq
In total, seven missiles fell on the territory of the Iraqi capital, most of which were aimed at &# 171; green area&# 187; where the American diplomatic mission is located
Late Tuesday night, Iraq’s capital Baghdad came under rocket fire, with four rockets hitting the so-called Green Zone, where the US embassy and other foreign missions are located. The shelling killed at least one person and injured five residents of the Iraqi capital.
The attack on Baghdad comes after the White House announced a record reduction of the US military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In total, seven rockets were launched in the direction of Baghdad, four fell in the “green zone”, and three more rockets fell in other parts of the city. It is known about the death of one child and five wounded civilians. All seven missiles were launched from the same location in eastern Baghdad, the Iraqi military said in a statement..
Agence France-Presse reporters heard several powerful explosions, followed by the sounds of rapid-fire and red flashes that lit up the sky – this is evidence that the C-RAM missile defense system was activated in the US Embassy..
A spokesman for the US-led coalition said Iraqi intelligence had confirmed the missile attack on the US embassy, but declined to comment on the use of the C-RAM system..
Since October 2019, nearly 90 rocket attacks and bomb explosions have occurred in Iraq, causing fatalities and targeting foreign embassies, military and other targets throughout Iraq. Groups claimed responsibility for the attacks by what the US and Iraqi authorities call a “screen for cover” for the activities of pro-Iranian paramilitary groups in Iraq..
The United States directly accused the Kataib Hezbollah group of carrying out some acts of violence and twice bombed the facilities of this Shiite paramilitary organization, which operates with the support of Iran..
Increased attacks infuriated Washington, which ordered Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Qademi to take tougher action against terrorists. Last month, the US issued an ultimatum to the Iraqi authorities, threatening to close the diplomatic complex in Baghdad if the rocket attacks did not stop..
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