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Four Rockets Strike Military Base Near The US Embassy in Baghdad

Andy Sanders

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Rockets struck a navy base situated close to the US embassy in Baghdad’s closely fortified Inexperienced Zone early on Sunday morning, as Iran-backed Shia paramilitary teams proceed to vow revenge for the killing of a senior Iranian commander in a US drone strike final month.

An official spokesman for the US-led coalition in Iraq, Col. Myles Caggins, confirmed on Twitter {that a} ‘small rocket’ impacted the bottom housing US troops and different coalition forces simply earlier than 3.30 A.M native time.

The assault brought on no casualties and solely minor injury was reported, added Caggins.

A senior US navy official, nonetheless, mentioned the bottom was rocked by a number of explosions after ‘a collection of strikes’, based on Reuters. 

Citing different US and Iraqi officers, AP report that at the very least 4 rockets had landed close to the sprawling US embassy.

Three Iraqi officers who spoke on a situation of anonymity, claimed two rockets fell instantly contained in the US embassy compound, whereas one other hit close by the coalition base.  

There was no instant declare of accountability for the assault, which struck Baghdad’s Inexperienced Zone, the high-security enclave that’s house to numerous international embassies and authorities workplaces. 

On Friday, a mortar shell exploded in the K1 navy airbase in Kirkuk province in northern Iraq, the identical base the place Iran-backed militia killed a US navy contractor in strikes in December final 12 months.

Sunday’s assaults got here shortly after a frontrunner in Iraq’s Al-Nujaba motion, a faction of al-Hashed al-Shaabi, the Iran-backed paramilitary community formally included into the state, had introduced the begining of a ‘countdown’ for strikes on US forces in the nation. 

The faction’s chief Akram al-Kaabi tweeted {a photograph} of what he claimed was an American navy car, including: “We’re nearer than you suppose.”

Assaults on US navy forces and belongings in the nation have elevated in frequency and depth since US President Donald Trump ordered drone strikes that killed the chief of Iran’s elite Quds pressure, Qasem Soleimani, together with deputy commander of the Iraqi paramilitary, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.

The US embassy in Baghdad has been a flashpoint amid wider US-Iran tensions in the area, which have performed out inside Iraq in current weeks.

Iraqi supporters of an Iran-backed militia stormed the embassy compound Dec. 31, smashing the primary door and setting hearth to the reception space.

Final month, the Iraqi parliament handed a decision calling for an finish to the presence of international troops linked to the US-led alliance preventing the Islamic State militant group in the nation.

There are at the moment roughly 5,000 US troops stationed in Iraq.

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