Breaking: Rockets target US Embassy in Iraq, no casualties reported: Security sources
A volley of rockets on Monday targeted the high-security zone in the Iraqi capital that is home to the US embassy, the military and security sources said.
The attack is the third in a week to target Western diplomatic, military or commercial installations across Iraq after months of relative calm.
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At least two rockets hit within the perimeter of the Green Zone, where the American and other foreign embassies are based, according to a statement by Iraq’s security services.
A security source told AFP at least one rocket hit the headquarters of Iraq’s National Security Service near the US diplomatic mission.
Others crashed into nearby residential districts, including a multi-story parking complex in the neighborhood of Harithiya, a witness told AFP.
The Iraqi security services later announced that they found the rockets' launchpads, which were fired from Baghdad’s Al Salam street.
من خلال التدقيق تبين سقوط ٣ صواريخ، منها صاروخان على المنطقة الخضراء والثالث في منطقة الحارثية ، كان انطلاقها من حي السلام ( الطوبجي) نتج عنها أضرار في ٤ عجلات مدنية، كما تم العثور على منصات إطلاق الصواريخ من قبل قطعات قيادة عمليات بغداد. pic.twitter.com/YKL0OSEL13— خلية الإعلام الأمني🇮🇶 (@SecMedCell) February 22, 2021
The attack comes one week after more than a dozen rockets targeted a military complex at the Arbil airport in northern Iraq, which hosts foreign troops from a US-led coalition helping Iraq fight jihadists since 2014.
Two people were killed, including one foreign contractor based at the airport, who died immediately, and a civilian, who died of his wounds on Monday.
On Saturday, another wave of rockets hit the Al-Balad airbase north of Baghdad, where Iraq keeps most of the F-16s it has purchased from the US in recent years.
Security sources said at least one local contractor for Sallyport, the US company that maintains the planes, was wounded.
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