At least two people, including a child, were injured this Thursday by the impact of rockets launched against the fortified Green Zone of Baghdad, where is the US embassy, whose anti-aircraft system managed to intercept one of the three projectiles, a security source reported.
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An Iraqi Interior Ministry official said that three rockets were fired at the Green Zone: one of them was intercepted by the US embassy’s C-RAM system, while the other two hit the adjacent Qadisiyah area, killing two civilians. injured, including a minor.
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On the other hand, the iraqi army He said in a statement that the other injured was a woman and that one of the rockets hit inside an educational center. The US embassy in Baghdad confirmed the attack on its facilities on Twitter and accused “terrorist groups that seek to breach Iraq’s security, sovereignty and international relations.”
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. This marks the fifth such attack on sites housing Americans so far in 2022 and since the US-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group ended its combat mission in Iraq. , on December 31 last.
At the beginning of the month, two attacks targeted the Ain al Asad military base in western Iraq; while some missiles were launched against a base near Baghdad International Airport.
These actions coincided with the second anniversary, on January 3, of the assassination of the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and number two of the pro-government armed group Popular Crowd, Abu Mahdi al Mohandes, in a selective US attack in Baghdad.
The death of these two Shia leaders provoked widespread condemnation from the pro-Iranian militias operating in Iraq, which demand the total withdrawal of foreign troops from the country and in the last two years have repeatedly attacked positions with a US presence.
At the beginning of December, the coalition confirmed that, as the United States had agreed with Iraq, its combat mission in this country had ended and that the remaining troops are dedicated to “advising, assisting and training” Iraqi forces. However, some of the pro-Iranian militias have called this withdrawal a “lie” and threatened to attack the international coalition troops if they remain in Iraq after December 31, 2021.
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