New Delhi: Multiple rockets on Sunday morning hit an area near the US embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, in what was the 19th attack against US assets in the country since last October. Also Read - 'All of a Sudden Boom, They're Gone Sir,' Trump Recounts Raid That Killed Qasem Soleimani
Today’s development comes just over a month after multiple attacks on US assets in the city by Iran in retaliation to the killing of its top military official, Major General Qasem Soleimani, in a President Donald Trump-sanctioned drone strike by the US military at Baghdad Airport on January 3.
Sunday’s strike triggered blaring of sirens across the Green Zone, the high-security diplomatic compound which houses the US embassy. It was, however, not immediately clear what exactly was targeted and if the rockets made any impact.
Fighter jets were also heard circling near the Green Zone, in the wake of the rocket strikes.
The killing of Major General Soleimani, the chief of the Qurds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) had led to a dramatic escalation in the already-strained US-Iran ties as Tehran, in a number of strikes, targeted US assets in the Iraqi capital, triggering concerns of a full-blown war between the two countries with fears that such a scenario could eventually lead to the Third World War.
During the episode, a Ukrainian passenger airliner, too, was accidentally shot down by Iran. The development was initially attributed to a technical failure though the Iranian military later admitted that it shot down the aircraft by mistake.