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Rocket targeting US embassy in Baghdad intercepted

US embassy in Baghdad (United States Department of State/Released)

A rocket targeting the US embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone was intercepted by US Air defense systems with no claims of responsibility as of Sunday morning, Al-Arabiya News channel reported.

“The missile that was intercepted by the American embassy in Baghdad fell near a number of sit-in protesters close to the Green Zone area. It landed close to the bridge leading to the Green Zone itself,” Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Baghdad Majid Hamid confirmed.

There had been similar attacks on the Green Zone against American facilities in Iraq since October that the US blamed on Iran-backed factions among Iraq’s security forces.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s military operations in northern Iraq were condemned by Ahmed Mulla Talal, the spokesperson for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, local daily The Baghdad Post reported.

“We strongly reject and condemn these actions that harm the close, long-standing relations between the two friendly nations,” Talal said in a statement.

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Turkey’s operations in Kurdistan and other disputed territories in mid-June were aimed at removing suspected Kurdistan Workers Party targets from the area. The airstrikes launched by Ankara have killed so far five civilians.

Talal accused Turkey for violating Iraqi sovereignty and described the country’s offensive as “detrimental” to “regional peace.”

The spokesperson added that his country had sent two letters to Turkey’s ambassador to Iraq, and says Baghdad will have to refer to “international law” to stop Turkey.

“We hold the Turkish side responsible for the legal and moral responsibility for all the human and material losses that occur,” he said.

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