Three rockets strike near Baghdad’s Green Zone hours after Iran’s Zarif lands in Iraq

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Three rockets landed near the American Embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone in Iraq on Sunday, the Associated Press reported citing a security source.

The rockets struck a vacant dirt yard near the embassy, which has been a target in other recent attempted attacks.

The incident took place several hours after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif landed in Iraq to meet with a number of senior Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, President Barham Salih and President of the Council of Representatives Mohamed al-Halbousi. Zarif also visited the assassination site of slain commander Qassem Soleimani to pay his respects.

No further details were available on the latest incident; however, United States officials have blamed Iran-backed militia for regular rocket attacks on US facilities in Iraq, including near the embassy in the capital Baghdad. The US Embassy recently installed C-RAM defense systems, according to AP.

“It was unclear if the system was operational during the attack Sunday afternoon. The daytime attack was unusual; most have occurred after nightfall,” AP reported.

No known groups have claimed responsibility for the attack, according to local media reports.

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