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Monday’s attack on US Embassy in Baghdad comes amid heightened tensions in the region following an attack on Saudi oil installations that the United States and Britain have blamed on Iran.
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Up to date: Sep 24, 2019 07:08 IST

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Two rockets were fired into the capital’s fortified Green Zone Monday evening, touchdown around one kilometer (a half-mile) from the U.S. Embassy amid soaring tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

Residents heard the explosions followed by alert sirens that sounded briefly across the Tigris River. It was once the second one such attack since May, when a rocket was once fired into the Green Zone, touchdown close the sprawling U.S. Embassy compound. Such attacks have been blamed on Iranian-backed militias in Baghdad, some of whom want U.S. troops stationed in Iraq to leave.

Monday’s attack comes amid heightened tensions in the region following an attack on Saudi oil installations that the U.S. and Britain have blamed on Iran.

There also has been a series of airstrikes on bases belonging to Iran-backed militias in Iraq that the militias have blamed on Israel and its U.S. ally by extension. Israel, which regularly targets Iranian interests in neighboring Syria, has not confirmed its involvement in the airstrikes within Iraq.

Officials said there was once no word of casualties from Monday’s attack, which coincided with a sound bomb targeting a club in central Baghdad that caused damage to cars parked outdoor.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

As tensions intensify between the U.S. and Iran, there have been concerns that Baghdad could once again get caught in the middle. Baghdad’s delicate government is allied with both sides and has struggled to remain impartial in the clash.

Earlier this year, the U.S. ordered nonessential staff out of its diplomatic posts in Iraq after an alleged, unexplained threat from Iran.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published:
Sep 24, 2019 03:18 IST

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