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

 

January 04, 2020

 


Iraqis surround a coffin, draped in an Iranian national flag, during the funeral procession of Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, and eight others, in the capital Baghdad’s district of al-Jadriya, near the high-security Green Zone, on Saturday. A rocket landed inside the heavily fortified Green Zone after dark.” A second rocket also reportedly struck the same area, but neither missile hit the U.S. Embassy. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

 

By Dave Goldiner | New York Daily News

 

At least one missile reportedly landed near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on 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 after weeping mourners vowed to take revenge on the “Great Satan.”

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.

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

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

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