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Rockets Fired at US Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone
By Staff- Agencies
Iraqi local media reported that two rockets have been fired toward the US embassy in Baghdad, which is located inside the highly secured Green Zone of the Iraqi capital.
According to Iraq’s Saberin News, the rockets were fired on Thursday morning at the Third Al-Tawheed Base in the US embassy, with the base’s air defense system and rocket alarm failing to get activated.
Russia Today, citing its correspondent in Baghdad, also reported that the embassy was targeted with two “Katyusha rockets.”
One rocket landed in a parking lot inside the Green Zone and a second one hit a nearby empty area, AFP quoted sources as saying.
No group has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.
The peration comes as Iraq and the US are engaged in talks over what is called a withdrawal of US troops from the Arab country, with US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi declaring on Monday that the US mission in Iraq will transition from combat to “advisory” role by the end of the year.
The US claims it is to end its “combat mission” in Iraq amid reports dismissing the move as simple rebranding of the American occupation.
“The delegations decided, following recent technical talks, that the security relationship will fully transition to a training, advising, assisting, and intelligence-sharing role, and that there will be no US forces with a combat role in Iraq by December 31, 2021,” Baghdad and Washington said in a joint statement on Monday.
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