Reports are coming in that five Rockets have reportedly landed in the vicinity of Bagdad near the US Embassy in the inner Capital City. There’s no official word yet on casualties or damage, though at least one rocket is said to have hit the compound directly.

The missiles hit reportedly Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone, AFP has said, citing security sources. One of the sources said that five ‘Katyusha rockets’ had landed near the compound, while another put the number of projectiles at three.

The unguided volley landed not far from the US mission late on Sunday. Warning systems at the facility were activated and people were advised to seek shelter, footage from the scene shows.

A file picture of a US soldier standing guard in front of the Hands of Victory arch in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

AFP reporters heard loud thuds emanating from the western bank of the Tigris, where most foreign embassies are located.

One security source said three Katyusha rockets hit near the high-security compound while another said as many as five struck the area.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

Later in the day, former Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari claimed that at least one projectile had hit the US embassy, directly damaging its canteen and setting it on fire. Still, the US remains silent on the matter and there has been no confirmation – or denial – of the claims.

The Green Zone has seen recently a string of similar incidents in recent weeks, with unknown attackers repeatedly – and quite imprecisely – targeting the US embassy with unguided projectiles. Other US facilities across Iraq have sustained rocket fire on several occasions.

109 Katyusha rocket attacks on US embassy

Several rocket strikes have targeted the Green Zone over the past year, but the US embassy has not been hit.

Since October 2019, more than 109 Katyusha rockets have been launched at locations housing US troops in Iraq, according to one report.

Then came the US killing on 3 January of Gen Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force at Baghdad airport.

Iran’s response, five days later, was a ballistic missile strike against US bases in Iraq.

On January 8, 2020, two rockets again crashed into the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, the high-security enclave that hosts foreign embassies including the US mission, security sources told AFP.

Reuters news agency, citing police sources, reported that two Katyusha rockets fell in the area late on January 8 (Wednesday), with one landing 100 meters from the US embassy without causing any casualties.

On January 20, 2020, small rockets rained down again on the Green Zone.

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The US-led coalition has blamed the Iran-linked paramilitary groups, known as the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU), for similar attacks in the past.

Later in the day, former Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari claimed that at least one projectile had hit the US embassy, directly damaging its canteen and setting it on fire. Still, the US remains silent on the matter and there has been no confirmation – or denial – of the claims.

The Green Zone has seen a string of similar incidents in recent weeks, with unknown attackers repeatedly – and quite imprecisely – targeting the US embassy with unguided projectiles. Other US facilities across Iraq have sustained rocket fire on several occasions.

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