Multiple rockets hit near US Embassy in Iraq's Baghdad, 19th such attack since October
Baghdad (Iraq) | Jagran News Desk: Multiple rockets hit near the US Embassy in Iraq in the wee hours of Sunday, US military sources, quoted by AFP, said.
The US military sources said that the assault sent warning sirens blaring across the high-security diplomatic compound but it was unclear exactly what was hit and how many rockets made impact.
The assault sent warning sirens blaring across the high-security diplomatic compound but it was unclear exactly what was hit and how many rockets made impact, AFP quoted sources as saying.
According to media reports, multiple rockets fell near the US Embassy which was followed by aircraft circling near the Green Zone, the high-security enclave where the US embassy is located.
This is the 19th such attack against the US assets in Iraq since late October. Attack on US assets in Iraq have increase after Washington killed Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq's paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces.
In retaliation for Soleimani's killing, Iran on January 8 launched over 13 ballistic missiles on the two military bases housing US troops in Anbar and near the city of Erbil.
Earlier on Friday, several US soldiers were injured after multiple rockets hit K1 military base in Iraq's oil-rich province of Kirkuk.
Initially, the US had said that there was no casualties or injuries, but the Pentagon confirmed later that 109 American troops were diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury as a result of the attacks.
The K1 military base was the target for a rocket barrage late in December 2019, which led to the killing of a US contractor and the wound of others.
Military bases housing US troops across Iraq and the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad have been frequently targeted by insurgents' mortar and rocket attacks.
Over 5,000 US troops have been deployed in Iraq to support the local forces in the battles against Islamic State militants.
But On January 5, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in the war-torn country.
(With agency inputs)
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