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Rockets land in Baghdad Green Zone, including 1 near U.S. compound

By Kyle Barnett
An Iraqi soldier and tank are seen in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq. Military officials said three rockets landed in the zone on Thursday. File Photo by Ali Abbas/EPA
An Iraqi soldier and tank are seen in the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq. Military officials said three rockets landed in the zone on Thursday. File Photo by Ali Abbas/EPA

July 8 (UPI) -- Three rockets landed Thursday in the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, military officials said.

One of the rockets landed near a compound belonging to the U.S. National Security Agency, another came down in a town square and the third in a residential neighborhood.

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No injuries were reported in the attacks, military officials said, but a vehicle was destroyed by the third rocket.

Officials said none of the rockets landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

"Each attack ... undermines the authority of Iraqi institutions, the rule of law and Iraqi national sovereignty," Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said in a tweet.

Marotto added that such attacks "endanger the lives" of Iraqi civilians and coalition and partner forces.

The attacks were blamed on Iranian-backed Iraqi militias hoping to force U.S. troops from Iraq, where there has been a constant presence since the early 2000s.

As with Afghanistan, where nearly 90% of troops have been withdrawn, U.S. President Joe Biden is under some pressure to withdraw forces from Iraq.

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