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Two rockets fired toward al-Tawheed Base inside US embassy in Iraq: Media

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo of the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq

Two rockets have been fired toward the US embassy in Baghdad, which is located inside the highly secured Green Zone of the Iraqi capital, local media report.

According to Iraq’s Saberin News, the rockets were fired on Thursday morning at the Third al-Tawheed Base in the US embassy, with the base’s air defense system and rocket alarm failing to get activated.

Russia Today, citing its correspondent in Baghdad, also reported that the embassy was targeted with two “Katyusha rockets.”

Citing an Iraqi security source, AFP reported that the attack caused no casualties or damage.

One rocket landed in a parking lot inside the Green Zone and a second one hit a nearby empty area, AFP quoted sources as saying.

No group has claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

The attack comes as Iraq and the US are engaged in talks over what is called a withdrawal of US troops from the Arab country, with US President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi declaring on Monday that the US mission in Iraq will transition from combat to “advisory” role by the end of the year.

“The delegations decided, following recent technical talks, that the security relationship will fully transition to a training, advising, assisting, and intelligence-sharing role, and that there will be no US forces with a combat role in Iraq by December 31, 2021,” Baghdad and Washington said in a joint statement on Monday.

The agreement, which has effectively given a mere new name to the US military mission in Iraq, has enraged Iraqi resistance groups, which have played a significant role in defeating the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq in 2017.

The resistance groups demand the withdrawal of all American forces, especially the air force, over their destabilizing activities as part of a law adopted by the parliament in January 2020 in the aftermath of the US military’s assassination of two key commanders of the fight against Daesh, Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).

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