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Missile strikes near US embassy in Baghdad | TIME ONLINE


Near the US Embassy in Iraq several rockets hit again. The five storeys hit a river bank on the highly secured so-called green zone in Baghdad, the US military command said. There were no injuries or major damage. According to Iraqi security circles, one of the missiles landed inside the embassy compound.

It was the third such attack since the US killing of top Iranian general Kassem Soleimani. So far it has not been clear who is responsible. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi condemned the attack and stressed that his government would protect all diplomatic missions in the country.

In recent weeks, missiles have repeatedly struck near bases where US troops are based in Iraq. A possible background is retaliation by Iran for the killing of General Kassem Soleimani by the United States. The suspicion is mostly directed against Shiite militias that are allied with neighboring Iran. Like Iran, they want US troops to be withdrawn from the country.

The Bundeswehr has moved its soldiers from Erbil in northern Iraq to Jordan because of the tensions between Iran and the United States. From there, they have long supported international military action against the radical Islamic terrorist militia "Islamic State". The Bundeswehr later also stopped its reconnaissance flights flown from Jordan as part of the mission.

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