Fri, 21 Feb 2020

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Two rockets have landed near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad located in the heavily fortified Green Zone, reported Al Arabiya citing security sources.

The outlet in its report stated that sirens could be heard across the zone immediately after the rockets made an impact.

The Green Zone is in Central Baghdad, where government buildings and diplomatic facilities are located.

The development comes in the wake of escalated tensions in the region following the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad earlier this month.

Soleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force, was killed in a U.S. drone strike ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump at Baghdad International Airport on January 3. Days later, Tehran retaliated by firing a barrage of missiles at two U.S. military bases in Iraq.

Soleimani's death had marked a dramatic escalation in tension between the U.S. and Iran. (ANI)

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