Three Western diplomatic and military installations attacked in the past 24 hours in Iraq
Three Western diplomatic or military installations have reportedly been targeted in Iraq in separate attacks in the span of 24 hours.
Iraqi security and diplomatic sources, who were speaking on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that the attacks on the British and American targets left no injuries, AFP reported.
On Tuesday morning, an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a British diplomatic vehicle on the airport road in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, but no one was injured.
The attack, the first against a British government vehicle in Iraq in more than a decade, took place just outside the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, one source said.
Iraqi special forces closed down the road leading to the Green Zone from the western side, sources said.
The British Embassy in Baghdad confirmed the report.
Separately on Tuesday, two Katyusha rockets landed inside the Green Zone, but caused no casualties or damage, the Iraqi military said in a statement.
Hours earlier on Monday, two explosive devices targeted a US-led coalition equipment convoy, the statement said.
No group has claimed responsibility for the fresh attacks yet, but they are the latest in a series of explosions that hit US occupation forces amid anti-American sentiment in the country.
The Iraqi-US relations have witnessed rising tension since January 3 when a US drone struck a convoy at Baghdad airport, assassinating the former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Deputy Chief of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi forces Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
Just days later, Iraqi lawmakers unanimously passed a bill mandating the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Iraq.
Iraqi resistance groups have pledged to take up arms against US forces if Washington fails to comply with the parliamentary order.
Source: Abna 24