1 killed as rocket hits checkpoint ‘METERS’ from US embassy in Baghdad

A rocket has struck a checkpoint inside Baghdad’s Green Zone, killing one Iraqi soldier and injuring another, Iraq’s security forces have confirmed. It struck some 50 meters from the gates to the US Embassy, media reports say.

Two rockets were reportedly fired into the heavily fortified Green Zone area of Baghdad on Wednesday night. Iraqi military sources confirmed one soldier was killed and another wounded, but did not elaborate.

Some media reports indicated, however, that the area was targeted by mortar fire.

The Green Zone is a walled-off district in the heart of the Iraqi capital where government buildings and foreign missions operate.

Earlier this week, several rockets hit Camp Taji, a US military base 27km north of Baghdad, where US troops are stationed. No casualties were reported.

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