Three Rockets Fall in Baghdad, Two Near U.S. Embassy in Green Zone

Six people were wounded by the rocket that fell in the nearby Jadriya area

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Iraqi counter-terrorism forces stand guard in front of the US embassy in the capital Baghdad on January 2, 2020.
Iraqi counter-terrorism forces stand guard in front of the US embassy in the capital Baghdad on January 2, 2020.Credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP

Three Katyusha rockets fell in Baghdad on Sunday, including two inside the capital's heavily fortified Green Zone housing government buildings and foreign missions, the Iraqi military said.

Six people were wounded, police sources said.

Besides the two rockets that fell in the Green Zone, another fell in the nearby Jadriya area, the military said.

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On Saturday, a series of rockets fell inside and near the Green Zone. No one was injured by a Katyusha rocket that fell inside a square less than one kilometer from the U.S. Embassy, according to an Iraqi security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. Another rocket in Baghdad landed about 500 meters from As-Salam palace where the Iraqi President Barham Salih normally stays in Jadriya, a neighborhood adjacent to the Green Zone, the official said.

Earlier Saturday, thousands of militiamen and other supporters chanting “America is the Great Satan” marched in a funeral procession for Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad. Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed early Friday near the Baghdad international airport along with senior Iraqi militants in an airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump. The attack has caused regional tensions to soar and tested the U.S. alliance with Iraq.

Iran has vowed harsh retaliation, raising fears of an all-out war, but it's unclear how or when it might respond. Any retaliation was likely to come after three days of mourning declared in both Iran and Iraq. All eyes were on Iraq, where America and Iran have competed for influence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Trump says he ordered the strike, a high-risk decision that was made without consulting Congress or U.S. allies, to prevent a conflict. U.S. officials say Soleimani was plotting a series of attacks that endangered American troops and officials, without providing evidence.

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