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Iran Press TV

US Embassy vicinity in Baghdad rocked by rockets

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 19 July 2020 3:03 PM

Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone has seen another day of uninvited guests in the form of Katyusha rockets as three of them landed near the US Embassy.

An Iraqi security source inside the district, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network that the projectiles hit the area on Sunday afternoon.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

No group has so far assumed responsibility for Sunday's rocket attack on the US embassy.

On July 5, a child was injured in a similar incident where a rocket hit a home near the Green Zone.

The zone houses government buildings and foreign missions.

June 18 was also added to the history of such strikes targeting the Green Zone. No casualties were reported then.

There has been a heightened anti-US sentiment in Iraq since January 3.

On that day, a Reaper terrorist drone of the United States, upon a direct order from President Donald Trump, targeted a convoy transporting Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and their companions near the Baghdad International Airport.

All the passengers of the convoy were assassinated.

Two days later, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously approved a bill, demanding the withdrawal of all foreign military forces led by the United States from the country.

The White House responded by threatening crippling sanctions against Iraq.

The troop withdrawal was put to talks between Baghdad and Washington earlier this month, with the US promising to reduce the number of its soldiers in the coming month.

Washington also claimed in a statement following the talks that it "does not seek nor request permanent bases or a permanent military presence in Iraq."



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