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Two rockets hit high security zone of Baghdad Green Zone: Report

The attack came nearly 24 hours after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing American and other coalition forces in retaliation for the US killing top Iranian general Qasem Soleiman

AFP | PTI  |  Baghdad 

Baghdad: Anti-government protesters set fires and close a street during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. Iraqi protesters pressed on with angry anti-government rallies across several provinces, in some cases torching party of
President Trump has repeatedly criticised the nuclear deal as "very defective" and "foolish".

Two rockets fell inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions, but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said.

Sirens were sounding inside the Green Zone on Wednesday. Police sources told Reuters at least one of the rockets fell 100 metres (yards) from the US Embassy.

“Two Katyusha rockets fall inside the Green Zone without causing casualties. Details to follow,” the military said.

Two loud blasts followed by sirens had been heard in Baghdad, Reuters witnesses said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Iran launched missiles at US forces in overnight in retaliation for the killing by the United States last week of Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, raising concern about a wider war in West Asia.

China rejects Trump’s call to break away from Iran deal

China on Thursday rejected US President Donald Trump's call to "break away" from the Iranian nuclear deal and work for a new one, saying the agreement is a "hard won outcome" adopted by the UN and "all parties" should abide by it.

The nuclear deal called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was reached between Iran and the P5+1, the permanent members of the UN Security Council — the US, the UK, Russia, France and China — plus Germany and the European Union in 2015.

President Trump has repeatedly criticised the nuclear deal as "very defective" and "foolish". He has already withdrawn from the agreement arguing that it does not meet the desired objective.

Trump said on Wednesday that "the time has come" for other nations to "break away from the remnants of the Iran deal, or JCPOA, and we must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place." His call came amid the US and Iran tensions over the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in an American drone strike in on Friday. Iran retaliated by firing 22 missiles at US military bases in

On Trump's remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the root cause of tensions in the Middle East was the US' withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

First Published: Thu, January 09 2020. 02:50 IST
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