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Rockets fall in Baghdad after Pentagon declares Iraq troop discount

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Nov 17, 2020 Five folks have been injured and a toddler was killed after a barrage of rockets landed in Baghdad on Tuesday night, shortly after the Pentagon introduced the United States would pull one other 500 troops from Iraq on orders from President Donald Trump.  Four rockets have been launched from Baghdad’s al-Amin al-Thaniya neighborhood within the al-Alf Dar district, in accordance to Iraq’s Security Media cell. One of the rockets that struck the capital’s Green Zone landed near the headquarters of Iraq’s National Security Service, The Associated Press reported. No personnel of the US-led worldwide navy coalition in opposition to the Islamic State have been injured, coalition spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto introduced. The strike marks a renewal of assaults following a lull after some Iran-aligned militia teams declared a halt to their assaults on US forces final month in the event that they withdraw from the nation. Kataib Hezbollah launched a photograph on-line earlier this week purporting to indicate a health room inside the US Embassy in Baghdad, in an obvious try at intimidation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened in September that US officers would shutter the US Embassy in Baghdad if Iraq’s authorities didn’t halt the assaults, that are usually attributed to Iran-linked Hashid Shaabi militias. That menace is “ongoing,” an outgoing senior US official mentioned final week. Newly appointed Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller introduced Tuesday afternoon that the United States would pull one other 500 troops from Iraq by mid-January. The US-led coalition in opposition to the Islamic State has most not too long ago moved to withdraw some 2,000 troops from Iraq as a part of a consolidation of its assist for the Iraqi navy on the Union III headquarters in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

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