Rockets have been fired near the US Embassy in Baghdad and a military airbase housing American troops.
At least two rockets landed near the embassy, which is located in the security-tight Green Zone, according to Sky News Arabia.
It also reported that security at the embassy’s perimeter was stepped up after the rockets fell. Earlier this week, pro-Iran protesters stormed the US embassy in a siege that lasted just over a day.
Another three rockets were fired at Balad Airbase housing American troops, about 50 miles north of the city, according to Reuters.
No casualties were immediately reported at the base, which is located 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Baghdad. Reports of the rocket attacks come after a US airstrike killed Iraqi militia leaders and Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, who headed Iran’s elite Quds Force.
Donald Trump said the commander was plotting ‘imminent and sinister’ attacks against Americans and said he ‘terminated him’ to end his ‘sickness for killing’. Iran vowed ‘harsh vengeance’ in return, sparking fears of WWIII.
The general was the architect of Iran’s shadow warfare and military expansion in the Middle East and was targeted specifically because he was actively developing plans to kill members of the U.S. military and diplomats in the region.
‘We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,’ Trump said in brief remarks at Mar-a-Lago on Friday.