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Missiles Hit the ‘Green Zone’ and Base Housing U.S. Troops in Iraq

The Iraqi military said that one projectile hit inside the Green Zone on Saturday, while another landed close to the U.S. Embassy

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A day after a deadly strike on Gen. Qassem Soleimani, two mortar rounds hit the Iraqi capital’s ‘Green Zone’ along with two rockets which hit a base housing U.S. troops, but there were no injuries, security sources told MSNBC.

President Donald Trump sent radical cleric Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian dictator, an unmistakable message early on Friday in Tehran time after warnings on Thursday: three missiles from a Reaper drone.

The projectiles were aimed at Baghdad International Airport and killed a man who has masterminded U.S. military deaths in the region for years, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani.

The strike was in retaliation for Tuesday’s unsuccessful storming of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and in deterrence of attacks the U.S. State Department indicated that Soleimani was planning against Americans throughout the area.

According to MSNBC, the Iraqi military said that one projectile hit inside the Green Zone on Saturday, while another landed close to the U.S. Embassy.

The MSNBC report went on to say that, “A pair of Katyusha rockets then hit the Balad airbase north of Baghdad, where American troops are based.”

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As earlier reported, former Vice President Joe Biden said, “I fear this administration has not demonstrated at any turn the discipline or long-term vision necessary — and the stakes could not be higher.”

The different responses and actions in regard to the unsuccessful storming of the U.S. embassy on Tuesday are indicative of a Democratic Party that still bears the blood of Ambassador Chris Stevens on its hands from the tragic sacking of our Libyan embassy in Benghazi in 2012.

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“Security sources there reported blaring sirens and said surveillance drones were sent above the base to locate the source of the rockets”, according to the report.

The 5,200 American troops across Iraq, along with contractors and diplomats in the 104-acre U.S. compound are braced for additional rocket attacks and retaliation in the coming days.

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