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Missile hits near U.S. embassy in Baghdad after funeral procession for Iranian general

Iraqi Security Forces guard the outside of the U.S. Embassy Compound in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 1, 2020. (DoD photo by British Lt. Col. Adrian Weale)

At least one missile reportedly landed near the American embassy in Baghdad Saturday night after thousands of mourners gathered for a funeral procession for Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a U.S. air strike a day earlier.

A rocket landed inside the heavily fortified Green Zone after dark hours after weeping mourners vowed to take revenge on the “Great Satan.”

Protesters shout slogans against the United States during a demonstration following a US airstrike that killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq, in Islamabad on January 3, 2020. – A US strike killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad’s international airport On January 3, dramatically heightening regional tensions and prompting arch enemy Tehran to vow “revenge”. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images, TNS)

A second rocket also reportedly struck the same area, but neither missile hit the U.S. Embassy.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. The strike was reported by the Al Arabiya television station.

Unconfirmed reports said another missile struck Balad Air Base near Baghdad, where many American troops are stationed.

Locator map of Baghdad airport where drone strike kills top militia figure. (TNS)

Soleimani was killed as he left Baghdad’s international airport early Friday in a drone strike authorized by President Donald Trump.

Trump said he ordered the assassination because Soleimani was plotting “imminent” attacks on Americans.


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