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Rockets target US Embassy in Baghdad

Qassim Abdul-Zahra ASSOCIATED PRESS

BAGHDAD – Three rockets were fired at Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Monday without causing any casualties, Iraq’s army said. Security officials said the U.S. Embassy was the target.

Two Iraqi security officials said that one rocket fell within the perimeter of the vast U.S. Embassy complex, and another fell in the residential neighborhood of Harthiya, outside the Green Zone.

The rockets were launched from the Salam area of Baghdad, and an investigation was ongoing, a statement from the military said.

It said there were no casualties but noted minor property damage, including a damaged vehicle. The Green Zone houses foreign embassies and is the seat of Iraq’s government.

It was the third attack to target the American presence in Iraq in a week. A U.S.-led coalition contractor was killed and other civilians were wounded in a rocket attack outside Irbil’s international airport Feb.16. On Saturday, rockets wounded personnel working for a U.S. defense company at Balad airbase in Salahaddin province.

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