US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of further US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq shortly before the end of his term in office. (Image: Keystone)
US President Trump wants to withdraw more troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. Shortly after the announcement, there were rocket attacks on the US embassy in Iraq.
Several rockets fell in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Tuesday evening. Four Katyusha rockets had hit the so-called Green Zone, the Iraqi security forces’ media department reported on Twitter. This is where the highly secured government district and the embassies of the USA and other countries are located. The rockets were fired from the east of the capital. There was no information about possible victims. At first no one confessed to the attack.
There have been repeated rocket attacks near the Green Zone and at Baghdad airport in recent months. Most of the time, local militias are behind it, some of which are supported by neighboring Iran. The attacks were also directed against Iraqi military bases used by US troops. The Shiite militias allied with Iran are demanding the withdrawal of US soldiers.
The missile attacks followed shortly after the US announced on Tuesday that it would withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. By January 15, the number of soldiers will be reduced to around 2500 each, said the acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller. According to the US broadcaster CNN, there are currently around 3,000 US soldiers stationed in Iraq.