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3 rockets fired at US embassy in Iraqi capital: security source

Three out of five rockets fired on Sunday directly hit the US embassy in Iraq's capital, a security source told AFP, including one that slammed into a cafeteria at dinner time.

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Three out of five rockets fired on Sunday directly hit the US embassy in Iraq’s capital, a security source told AFP, including one that slammed into a cafeteria at dinner time.

The US embassy did not immediately respond to AFP’s requests for comment, but a statement by Iraqi security forces earlier Sunday said there were no casualties in the attack.

The diplomatic mission, which lies in Baghdad’s high-security Green Zone, has been regularly hit by rockets in recent months, but none of the attacks have been claimed.

Sunday’s attack was the second in a week on the embassy, after three rockets landed near the mission on January 20.

A US source separately told AFP that last Monday’s attack saw at least one rocket land near the deputy ambassador’s residence.

The attack on Sunday was the first time a direct hit was reported.

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The attack took place earlier in the day than usual, with AFP reporters hearing the booms on the western bank of the river Tigris at precisely 7:30pm (1630 GMT).

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and Speaker of Parliament Mohammed Halbusi both condemned the attack, saying it risked dragging their homeland into war.

One month ago a rocket attack on a northern Iraqi base where US troops are stationed killed an American contractor.

In retaliation, the US carried out a strike on Kataeb Hezbollah, a hardline Iraqi armed faction that is part of the Hashed al-Shaabi military network, which has been incorporated into the Iraqi state.

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At least 25 Kataeb Hezbollah fighters were killed in the December 29 strike and their supporters besieged the US embassy in retaliation.

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