Rocket Strikes Baghdad's Green Zone, Injures 3, Including Children
Three persons were injured, notably two kids, in rocket assaults on Thursday on Baghdad's Green Zone, with the first striking an education system and two striking united States embassy premises, according to Iraqi security officials.
During increased political turmoil in the war-torn country, a top court detained the freshly appointed speaker of parliament.
Under terms of anonymity, a high-ranking Iraqi source informed AFP that three missiles were fired at the Green Zone.
A woman, a child, and a small boy were injured when two of them dropped on the lawns of the American embassy and another on a neighbouring educational institution.
Hundreds of rocket launches and quadcopter bomb attacks have attacked American soldiers and targets in Iraq in previous months.
Strikes are infrequently reported, but they are frequently blamed on pro-Iran groups.
All United States troops deployed in Iraq are to be withdrawn, according to these Iraqi factions.
There have been no casualties or harm within the United States embassy property on Thursday, according to a second military official who did not want to be recognized.
The embassy is housed in Baghdad's ultra-secure Green Zone, which further contains the country's parliament as well as other administrative institutions.
In a post on Fb, the United States embassy denounced the incident, blaming it on terrorist organizations aiming to destabilize Iraq's safety, independence, and global ties.
The assault has not been claimed by any group.
A majority of missiles were launched from the Al-Dawra region in Baghdad's south, according to the Iraqi administration's Security Media Division.
Two blasts, and the noises of gunfire from the Green Zone, were reported by AFP reporters in the evening hours of Thursday.
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The execution of Iranian officer Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi subordinate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a United States drone attack in Baghdad on the 3rd of January, 2020, coincided with an increase in attacks against United States objectives in January.
Five rockets were fired at a US-led coalition airforce base in western Iraq on the 5th of January, but no damage was sustained.
On the 19th of December, two rockets were fired at the Green Zone, one of which was gunned down by C-RAM defensive batteries and another of which landed in a park close to the United States embassy, destroying two automobiles.
Aside from the fact that the United States finished its combat operation in Iraq in December, roughly 2,500 troops are still serving in the alliance against the Islamic Group.
Mustafa al-Kadhemi who is the Prime Minister of Iraq fled uninjured in an unidentified drone bomb strike on his presidential palace in the Green Zone in early November. The current incident emerges as Iraq is yet again mired in political gridlock, with the country's legislature off to a shaky start following its January session.
After two other lawmakers filed a petition alleging that his re-election was unlawful, Iraq's Federal Supreme Court, the nation's top judicial, temporarily detained Mohammed al-Halbussi who is the freshly appointed speaker of parliament.