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Rockets hit near US embassy in Iraq, no casualties reported

Rockets landed near the US embassy in a heavily fortified zone in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday, security sources said.

Baghdad, 16 February 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Rockets landed near the US embassy in a heavily fortified zone in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday, security sources said.

The rockets caused no casualties or damage in Baghdad’s Green Zone, the sources inside the area told dpa on condition of anonymity.

Iraq’s state-run security media centre said in a statement that three of four rockets had landed inside the Green Zone in central Baghdad.

The fourth rocket hit and damaged a building of the Hashad al-Shaabi forces, a powerful Iran-backed Iraqi militia, according to the centre.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the shelling, the latest in a series of attacks targeting the Green Zone.

Earlier Sunday, the US-led military coalition in Iraq confirmed that small rockets hit an Iraqi base hosting coalition troops in the zone.

“No casualties. Investigation ongoing,” a coalition spokesman said in a tweet without giving further details.

It was not clear whether the shelling was part of the same attack.

Security forces found a launching pad used in the shelling that was mounted on a tricycle, the independent portal Alsumaria News reported.

In recent months, the Green Zone, home to foreign embassies and government offices, has seen several attacks amid tensions between the US and Iran.

Last month, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution calling for an end to the presence of foreign troops linked to the US-led alliance fighting Islamic State. There are currently around 5,000 US soldiers stationed in Iraq.

The resolution came after a US drone strike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian commander, prompting later Iranian missile attacks against Iraqi military bases housing US personnel.

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