Iraq: Rocket attack near US embassy in Baghdad
A rocket launched by Iranian-affiliated has exploded at Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, including the US Embassy.
The Katyusha rocket landed in a residential building opposite to the US embassy. It is unclear at this time if there are any injuries.
Three rockets were launched at the Balad airforce base north of Baghdad in a separate incident at the same time, without any casualties.
According to Arab reports, Hasd al-Sha’bi terror group, an Iranian proxy in Iraq, is behind the attack.
The US evacuated non-essential embassy staff from Iraq in May 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.
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.