A rocket fired towards Baghdad's Green Zone, where the United States embassy is located, fell just short of its target, causing damage to a home and injuring a child early on Sunday, Iraq's military said. He appeared to have tweeted moments before he was killed, in a post about the sectarian and ethnic divisions in Iraqi politics.
Since October, US diplomats and troops across Iraq have been targeted by around three dozen missile attacks, which Washington has blamed on pro-Iranian armed factions. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
In a separate incident, the security forces thwarted another attack in Um al-Adham area in eastern Baghdad when they seized a Katyusha rocket and a launcher, which apparently was directed toward the military al-Taji Camp, some 20 km north of Baghdad, the statement added.
Military bases have also been attacked, with an attack in March at Camp Taji that resulted in the deaths of two Americna soldiers and a British soldier.
© Provided by Associated Press People cool off from the summer heat under an open air shower on a street in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, July 5, 2020.
A Katyusha rocket was launched at Baghdad's airport Sunday night, though no casualties were reported.
In recent months, USA diplomats and troops have been the target of dozens of missile attacks in Iraq which the US blames on Iran-backed militia.
Renowned jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi was shot outside his home in Baghdad on Monday and died shortly thereafter at a local hospital, Iraqi officials told AFP.
The incident happened several hours after USA forces located in the Green Zone tested the Patriot air defense systems, following a number of attempted rocket attacks on the country's embassy.
Days before the Soleimani airstrike, Iran-backed extremist groups were seen attempting to enter the U.S. Embassy, setting one structure on fire.
Sunday's attack came just hours after the US embassy tested an anti-rocket defense system.
Most of the detainees have been released, but in a rare step, the suspects were charged under Iraq's counterterror laws, according to Michael Knights, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.