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Two rockets hit the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital: Security sources


BAGHDAD: Two rockets crashed late wednesday into the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital, the high-security enclave where foreign embassies, including the U.S. mission, told security sources to the AFP.

Just before midnight, AFP correspondents in Baghdad heard two loud explosions followed by the Green Zone security sirens.

The attack came nearly 24 hours after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces and other coalition forces, causing no casualties.

The attacks were in retaliation for an attack by Us drones that killed Iranian General Qassim Suleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis last week.

Muhandis had been the deputy head of The Hashed al-Shaabi, a network of armed groups incorporated into the Iraqi state, but also having close ties to Tehran.

The United States had accused Hashed’s groups of being behind a series of rocket attacks on the US embassy in Baghdad and bases housing U.S. troops across the country.

On Wednesday, the Hashed’s hard-line factions swore they too would take revenge for the U.S. raid.

Paramilitary chief Qais al-Khazali – blacklisted as “terrorist” by the United States – said Iraq’s response to the United States “will not be less than the size of the Iranian response.”

Harakat al-Nujaba, a faction of Hardline Hashed, vowed to avenge Muhandis.

“To American soldiers: Don’t close your eyes. Revenge for the martyr Muhandis comes to the Iraqis, until the last soldier among you leaves,” he said.

Times of India