Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rocket attack hits near U.S. embassy in Iraqi capital: USA military source

Rocket attack hits near U.S. embassy in Iraqi capital: USA military source

However, three Iraqi security officials said two of the rockets fell inside the U.S. Embassy compound, while another hit near the coalition base.

Small rockets have hit the Iraqi base hosting American and other troops in Baghdad's Green Zone early Sunday local time, a US military spokesman confirmed in a statement.

"The coalition confirms small rockets impacted the Iraqi base hosting (coalition) troops in the International Zone [.] no casualties", said coalition spokesman Myles Caggins.

The attack was the latest in a recent series of rocket and mortar strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.

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Attack near US embassy in Iraqi capital

Rocket attacks, which the United States blames on Iran-backed militias within the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), have frequently landed near and sometimes on the U.S. embassy, which is next to the base.

And in early January, Iran claimed responsibility after a barrage of missiles was sacked at two airbases holding USA troops, causing minor brain injuries to more than 100 soldiers, according to the Pentagon.

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has also been a flashpoint amid wider U.S. -Iran tensions in the region, which have played out inside Iraq in recent weeks. He provided no further details. It came after the USA authorized the killing top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, who was traveling near the Baghdad airport, days earlier. It said a fourth hit a nearby logistics base for Iraqi paramilitary groups.

He said his appointments would consist of independent ministers free from the influence of parties, including Iran-backed Shi'ite groups, that have controlled cabinet posts and state institutions since the US -led overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Iraq, caught between its two allies Washington and Tehran, also faces an unprecedented domestic crisis as months of anti-government unrest continues.

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