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Reports: 3 Rocket Strikes Around Baghdad, 5 Wounded

The funeral procession for Gen. Qassem Soleimani took place in Baghdad
The funeral procession for Gen. Qassem Soleimani took place in Baghdad, Iraq on Saturday. (PMF Media Office/AP)

By    |   Saturday, 04 January 2020 02:50 PM

Three rocket strikes hit areas of Baghdad, including an air base housing U.S. troops, but no fatalities were reported, according to Stars and Stripes.

A mortar strike in Baghdad's Jadriya neighborhood did wound five people, local police sources told Reuters. Local news reports called the five wounded civilians.

The series of rockets were launched and fell inside or near the Green Zone, which houses government offices and foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy.

No one was injured by a Katyusha rocket that fell inside a square less than one kilometer from the embassy, according to an Iraqi security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. Another rocket in Baghdad landed about 500 meters from As-Salam palace where the Iraqi President Barham Salih normally stays in Jadriya, a neighborhood adjacent to the Green Zone, the official said.

Another security official said three rockets fell outside an air base north of Baghdad where American contractors are normally present. The rockets landed outside the base in a farm area and there were no reports of damages, according to the official.

"Per US sources: At least one rocket hit #Balad," spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition's Task Force Iraq Army Maj. Charlie Dietz tweeted, as Stars and Stripes reported.

According to the report, strikes come as Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi declared three days of mourning for the victims of the U.S. strike, starting Saturday, including thousands of militiamen and other supporters marching in a funeral procession in Baghdad for Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general who was killed Friday.

The Dietz Twitter account also tweeted later:

"Confirmed by US: 1x rocket reported and currently being worked with by EOD near Ra'ad  soccer field. Covered with tarp. Nothing @ palaces. 

"Denied: Al Qaim attacks. Reports of attacks at Al Qaim have been denied by Al Qaim USFOR.

"Lots of news floating around tonight."

Information from the Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.

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