BAGHDAD (Xinhua) – The Iraqi security forces thwarted a Katyusha rocket attack targeting the heavily fortified Green Zone in the capital Baghdad, the military said on Friday.
The troops found the rocket in al-Qanat Street in eastern Baghdad and dismantled it before being fired by unknown militants who apparently fled the scene before the arrival of the security forces, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement without giving further details about when exactly the incident took place.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attempt of firing the rocket. The military bases housing U.S. troops across Iraq and the U.S. embassy in the Green Zone have been frequently targeted by militants’ mortar and rocket attacks.
More than 5,000 U.S. troops have been deployed in Iraq to allegedly support the Iraqi forces in the battles against the Daesh terrorists.