US Embassy in Baghdad Reportedly Targeted By Two Katyusha Rockets

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The reported strike was launched a few weeks after at least six Katyusha rockets hit a military air base housing US-led coalition forces in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.

The US Embassy in Baghdad has been targeted by two Katyusha rockets, the AFP news agency cited unnamed security sources as saying on Thursday. There was no immediate word on casualties. 

The reported strike, which allegedly hit Baghdad’s Green Zone, was launched a few weeks after at least six Katyusha rockets hit a military air base housing US-led coalition forces in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.

Over the past few months, the Iraqi military bases housing US troops across the country, as well as the US Embassy in Baghdad have been repeatedly targeted by mortar and rocket attacks, which Washington claims are the work of militant groups backed by Iran. 

As for Thursday’s developments, these follow US President Joe Biden on Monday revealing that Washington’s partnership with Baghdad would continue for the near future, but that no combat troops would be present in Iraq after 2021.

A joint statement issued by both American and Iraqi officials at the time stated that no US forces with a combat role would be present in Iraq by the end of the year. 

The US has maintained a troop presence in Iraq since March 2003, when tens of thousands of American forces were deployed as part of a larger effort to oust former Iraqi President Saddam…

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