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Missiles hit Green Zone and Iraq base that houses U.S. troops: security sources


BAGHDAD: Two mortar shells hit the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital on Saturday and two rockets hit a base housing U.S. troops, security sources said, a day after a deadly American attack.

The precision drone strike in front of Baghdad airport on Friday killed Iranian commander Qassim Suleimani, Iraqi chief paramilitary Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and a number of other Iranian and Iraqi figures.

In Baghdad, mortar shells saturday night hit the Green Zone, the high-security enclave where the US embassy is located, security sources said.

The Iraqi army said one projectile hit the area, while another landed near the enclave.

Sirens sounded in the U.S. complex, sources told the AFP.

A pair of Katyusha rockets then hit Balad airbase north of Baghdad, where Us troops are located, security sources and the Iraqi army said.

Security sources there reported fiery sirens and said surveillance drones were sent over the base to locate the source of the rockets.

The U.S. embassy in Baghdad, as well as the 5,200 U.S. troops stationed across the country, have faced a series of rocket attacks in recent months that Washington has blamed on Iran and its allies in Iraq.

An attack last month killed a U.S. contractor working in northern Iraq, prompting U.S. airstrikes in retaliation that killed 25 hard-line fighters near Iran.

Tensions were delayed Friday when the U.S. hit Suleimani’s convoy as it left the airport and U.S. diplomats and troops across Iraq had been pressing for more rocket attacks.

Times of India