Rocket fire in Iraq | US embassy and school bombed, three injured

(Baghdad) Three people, including two children, were injured Thursday by a rocket that hit a school in the Green Zone of Baghdad, while two more rockets fell in the American embassy complex, without to hurt.

These shots are part of a wave of attacks, sometimes also carried out by means of trapped drones, against American troops and interests in Iraq.

A woman and two children injured

Never claimed, these attacks are systematically blamed by the United States on the pro-Iran Iraqi factions, which have constantly demanded the departure of all American troops stationed in Iraq as part of the coalition led by Washington to fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

Three rockets were fired towards the Green Zone. Two of them fell on the grounds of the American Embassy and another on a school located nearby. A woman, a girl and a young boy were injured.

A senior Iraqi military official, on condition of anonymity.

A security source, who did not wish to be identified, told AFP that the projectiles that fell in the compound of the American embassy, ​​itself located in the Green Zone, had not done ” neither dead nor injured ”.

On its Facebook page, the embassy denounced an attack perpetrated “by terrorist groups who are trying to undermine the security, sovereignty and international relations of Iraq”.

In the early evening, AFP journalists heard two explosions as well as gunfire from the Green Zone, an ultra-secure perimeter where many Iraqi ministries are located, in addition to the American embassy.

Targeted U.S. soldiers and interests

Rocket fire and drone bomb attacks targeting US troops and interests in Iraq have increased in recent weeks.

The most recent dates back to January 5. Five rockets were then fired against an Iraqi base housing forces of the international anti-jihadist coalition in the west of the country.

The Green Zone was targeted for the last time on December 19 by two rockets. The first was shot down in midair by C-RAM defense batteries and the second fell in a square, damaging two vehicles.

This wave of attacks has intensified since the very start of the year, as Iran and several allied groups in the region marked the second anniversary of the deaths of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mehdi al-Mouhandis, killed by US drone fire in Iraq on January 3, 2020.

Pro-Iran factions have repeatedly called for the total withdrawal of US troops stationed in Iraq as part of an international anti-jihadist coalition.

On December 9, Iraq announced the “end of the combat mission” of the coalition, which to this day retains its troops on Iraqi soil to continue a training and advisory role.

In fact, some 2,500 American soldiers and 1,000 soldiers from coalition member countries are now stationed on three bases held by Iraqi forces.

These foreign troops had already served as advisers and trainers for more than a year, after helping Iraqi forces defeat ISIS.

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