Iraq: Rocket fired near US Embassy in Baghdad
A rocket was fired into Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, including the US Embassy, but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said on Sunday.
“A Katyusha rocket fell in the middle of the Green Zone without causing any losses, details to come later,” the military said in a brief statement.
The Katyusha multiple rocket launcher is an inexpensive type of rocket artillery that can deliver explosives to a target quicker than conventional artillery but is less accurate.
The US evacuated non-essential embassy staff from Iraq on Wednesday over a ‘credible threat’ by Iran or Iranian proxies. In addition, Britain has raised the threat level to troops and diplomats in Iraq because of a ‘heightened security risk’ from Iran.
Pictures showing Iranian paramilitary forces loading missiles onto small boats, amid concern that the Revolutionary Guards terror group would fire them at US navy vessels, are behind a recent sharp escalation between the US and Iran.
Four commercial ships were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, and two days later Iranian-backed Houthi drones attacked oil installations west of the Saudi capital Riyadh.
US-allied Bahrain warned its citizens on Saturday against travel to Iraq and Iran and asked those already there to return “immediately” for their safety.