Missiles hit near US Embassy and air base housing US troops in Iraq

A series of rockets have targeted the highly fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, as well as an air base housing US troops. The explosions come on the heels of a US airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
Written By Siddhu Manchikanti | Updated: January 05, 2020 21:33 IST
Missiles hit near US Embassy and air base housing US troops in Iraq

A missile fell inside heavily guarded Green Zone near the US Embassy in Iraq's Baghdad and another hit the nearby Jadriya neighborhood on Saturday. Two more missiles got fired at the Balad airbase, which houses US troops, but no one killed, the Iraqi military said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
 
A series of rockets have targeted the highly fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, as well as an airbase housing US troops. The explosions come on the heels of a US airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
 
The US-led military coalition fighting "Islamic State" in the region confirmed that two rockets struck near Iraqi bases hosting US troops in Baghdad and Balad, around 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the capital. It said no soldiers got injured, but added that civilians may be harmed.
 
The rocket attacks come after a US airstrike on Friday that killed Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian Commander Qaseem Solaimani, who headed Iran's elite Quds Force. Iraq's Kataib Hezbollah militia warned Iraqi security forces to stay away from US bases in Iraq starting on Sunday evening.




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