Rocket attack on Baghdad's Green Zone wounds 3, including children

Two rockets fired at Baghdad’s Green Zone


Baghdad: Iraqi security forces said in a statement that early on Sunday, two rockets aimed at the super-safe green zone in Baghdad, where the US Embassy is located.

“The Green Zone in Baghdad was the target of two Katyusha rockets. The first was shot down in the air by C-RAM defence batteries, the second fell in a square, damaging two vehicles,” the statement said.

A security source told AFP that the shot down rocket fell near the US embassy, while the second came down roughly 500 metres (1,640 feet) away.

Previously, the source told AFP that two rockets had been shot down near the US embassy.

Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for the US Central Command, told AFP the incident caused no casualties.

He said that the embassy or the so-called Third Alliance area where the U.S.-led coalition is located has not been shot.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

In recent months, dozens of rocket attacks or drone bomb attacks have targeted the US military and interests in Iraq.

These attacks are rarely claimed, but they are usually directed at pro-Iranian factions.

The latest rockets occurred after announcing this week that the US-led coalition’s “combat mission” against the Islamic State organization in Iraq had ended.

However, approximately 2,500 American soldiers and 1,000 coalition soldiers will continue to be deployed in Iraq to provide training, advice, and assistance to the national army.

The pro-Iranian faction in Iraq called on all American troops stationed in the country to withdraw.

Sunday s attack also coincides with the 10th anniversary of the departure of US troops from Iraq on December 18, 2011, after the invasion and overthrow of former dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Washington then deployed its troops to the country in 2014 to fight IS, which had captured large swathes of the nation in a lightning offensive.

At the beginning of November, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi escaped unharmed in an unclaimed drone bomb attack which targeted his official residence in the Green Zone.

In September, the target of an “armed drone” attack was the Albil International Airport in Iraqi Kurdistan, which has a coalition base.

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