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Two Rockets Fall Inside Baghdad's Green Zone

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Iraqi protesters rally near al-Jumhuriya bridge, which leads to the high-security Green Zone, during ongoing anti-government protests in the capital Baghdad on Nov. 6, 2019.(Sabah Arar/AFP via Getty Images)

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 07:21 PM

Two rockets fell on Wednesday inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said.

Sirens were sounding inside the Green Zone. Police sources told Reuters at least one of the rockets fell roughly 100 yards from the U.S. Embassy.

"Two Katyusha rockets fall inside the Green Zone without causing casualties. Details to follow," the military said.

Two loud blasts followed by sirens had been heard in Baghdad, Reuters witnesses said.

Iran launched missiles at U.S. forces in Iraq overnight in retaliation for the killing by the United States last week of Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, raising concern about a wider war in the Middle East. 

But there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the Green Zone episode.

Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday the United States had received intelligence that Iran has asked its allied militias not to attack U.S. targets.

"We're receiving some encouraging intelligence that Iran is sending messages to those very same militias not to move against American targets or civilians, and we hope that that message continues to echo," Pence told CBS News in an interview. 

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Two rockets fell on Wednesday inside Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said. Sirens were sounding inside the Green Zone. Police sources told Reuters at least one of...
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