New rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Security Zone.
A Katyusha rocket on Thursday landed near the heavily fortified Green Zone in the Iraqi capital Baghdad without causing casualties, the Iraqi military said.
The attack took place in the evening when the rocket was fired from al-Dora highway in the south of the Green Zone and landed in the al-Jadriyah neighborhood, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a brief statement.
An Interior Ministry source told Xinhua that the rocket was targeting the Green Zone but failed to reach the zone, which houses the U.S. embassy and some Iraqi government offices.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the military bases housing U.S. troops across Iraq and the Green Zone in Baghdad have been frequently targeted by mortar and rocket attacks.
The Iraqi-U.S. relations have witnessed a tension since Jan. 3 when a U.S. drone struck a convoy at Baghdad airport, which killed Qassem Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq’s paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces.
The U.S. airstrike prompted the Iraqi parliament on Jan. 5 to pass a resolution requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in the country.
More than 5,000 U.S. troops have been deployed in Iraq to support the Iraqi forces in the battles against the Islamic State (IS) militants, mainly for training and advisory purposes