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Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 10:12
Rocket attack near US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone
By Associated Press
Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 10:12 By Associated Press

The US embassy compound is pictured in Baghdad's Green Zone on May 20, 2019 in the Iraqi capital. Two rockets were fired into the capital's fortified Green Zone Sept 23, 2019 evening, landing around one kilometer from the US Embassy amid soaring tensions between the US and Iran. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

BAGHDAD — Two rockets were fired into the capital's fortified Green Zone Monday evening, landing around one kilometer from the US Embassy amid soaring tensions between the US and Iran.

It was the second such attack since May, when a rocket was fired into the Green Zone, landing near the sprawling US Embassy compound

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

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Monday's attack comes amid heightened tensions in the region following an attack on Saudi oil installations that the US 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 US ally by extension. Israel, which frequently targets Iranian interests in neighboring Syria, has not confirmed its involvement in the airstrikes inside Iraq.

Officials said there was 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 outside.

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

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As tensions escalate between the US and Iran, there have been concerns that Baghdad could once again get caught in the middle. Baghdad's fragile government is allied with both sides and has struggled to remain neutral in the conflict.

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

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