Iraq: Explosions Heard Near US Embassy in Baghdad, Report Says 3 Rockets Fired at Green Zone

Iraq: Explosions Heard Near US Embassy in Baghdad, Report Says 3 Rockets Fired at Green Zone


Last Updated: December 08, 2023, 11:35 IST

A demonstrator burns a printout of U.S. President Joe Biden, as supporters of Iraqi Shi'ite armed groups gather in support of Palestinians in Gaza, near the entrance of the Green Zone, in Baghdad, October 20. (Reuters)

A demonstrator burns a printout of U.S. President Joe Biden, as supporters of Iraqi Shi’ite armed groups gather in support of Palestinians in Gaza, near the entrance of the Green Zone, in Baghdad, October 20. (Reuters)

Explosions near U.S. embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone trigger alerts. Unclaimed attack raises security concerns. Embassy response awaited

Explosions were heard near the US embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone early on Friday and sirens calling on people to “duck and cover” were activated, according to reports by multiple agencies. One of the reports said that rockets were fired at the Green Zone.

At least three rockets targeting the embassy were fired at dawn, landing on the outskirts of the district housing government and diplomatic buildings, AFP reported citing an Iraqi security official.

A US military official speaking on condition of anonymity told the French agency that alarms had gone off and that “probable sounds of impacts were heard” near the US embassy and Union III base, where troops from the international anti-jihadist coalition are stationed.

US forces at military bases in Iraq and Syria have faced more than 70 attacks since mid-October claimed by an umbrella organisation of Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim armed groups, though diplomatic missions have been spared.

The US embassy did not immediately comment on the issue. It was not immediately clear whether the embassy’s air defence systems were activated or whether there was damage. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the early morning attack on the US embassy.

(With agency inputs)



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