Iraq military: Two rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone


AFP

March 26, 2020, 03:45 AM – latest revision March 26, 2020, 04:35 AM

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A Soviet model T-72 Iraqi tank from Iraq's 9th Army Mechanized Division takes position during a training session at the Besmaya range near Taji, northeast of Baghdad, 21 February 2006.

A Soviet model T-72 Iraqi tank from Iraq’s 9th Army Mechanized Division takes position during a training session at the Besmaya range near Taji, northeast of Baghdad, 21 February 2006.

An Iraqi security source told AFP the intended target appeared to be the US embassy

Two rockets early Thursday slammed into the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, the high-security enclave home to government buildings and foreign embassies, the military said.

Foreign diplomats and troops based across Iraq have been targeted in similar attacks more than two dozen times since late October, according to an AFP count.

Before dawn on Thursday, two rockets punched into an empty square near an Iraqi security headquarters in the Green Zone, the security forces said.

But an Iraqi security source told AFP the intended target appeared to be the US embassy, a sprawling compound a few hundred meters further south on the banks of the Tigris.

The Green Zone’s sirens could be heard going off shortly afterwards. There were no reports of casualties.

Earlier this month, two US military personnel and a British soldier were killed in a rocket attack on the Taji airbase further north, which was hit again two days later.

The 5,200 US troops stationed across Iraqi bases make up the bulk of the 7,500-strong coalition force deployed to help local forces beat back jihadist remnants.

Those troops are being drawn down this month, partly as an emergency response to the novel coronavirus pandemic and partly as a more permanent repositioning.

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