Rocket Lands Near US Embassy Inside Baghdad Green Zone

No reports of casualties in attack; Iraqi military says rocket launched from an eastern district of Baghdad.

Rocket Lands Near US Embassy Inside Baghdad's Green Zone
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A rocket has hit an empty house in the heavily guarded Green Zone in Baghdad on Tuesday, the military said in the statement. It further added that the rocket was launched from the eastern district of the Capital and was the first to land in the Zone in weeks. So far, there are no reported causalities.

AFP reported that the blast could be heard in all of Baghdad and triggered the sirens at the United States embassy’s compound near the Green Zone. However, no armed group in the region has accepted the responsibility of the attack.

However, the United States blames the Iran-backed militia group in Iraq for the series of attacks on bases hosting its soldiers, although no group has claimed any responsibility of involvement in any of the attacks.

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The recent rocket attacks, which have killed British and American soldiers, have severely strained ties between Washington and Baghdad. But since the Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi took over the reins of government this month, Bilateral talks between the countries are scheduled for June.

The June negotiations are expected to set a framework for the presence of American troops deployed in Iraq since 2014 to fight against the ISIL groups in the country. But the presence of US troops is a thorn for Iran and its allies in Iraq, which continuously maintained that the forces must withdraw.

Recently, on Sunday, the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the US threatened to expel the forces from Iraq and Syria. Since the killing of Iran’s top military commander Qasim Solemani and Iraq’s paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in drone attack near Baghdad airport, the tensions between Tehran and Washington have ramped up.

The militia groups backed by Iran promised to avenge the deaths, and rocket attacks on the bases hosting US troops have persisted. This year the US-led coalition had already withdrawn 7,500 troops, citing decreased threats from ISIL and difficulties in training Iraqi troops because of the pandemic outbreak.

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