Three Rockets Strike Iraq’s Green Zone

No casualties reported, rockets near latest

In the fourth report of rocket attacks in Iraq in the past week, officials say that overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, three rockets struck Baghdad’s Green Zone. Exactly what was hit is unclear, but there have been no reports of casualties.

The Green Zone is the home of several major government agencies, and also foreign embassies. US officials say the rockets were over a mile away from the US Embassy, however, so it isn’t likely they were the intended target.

Of course, a lot of the rocket fire in the area hasn’t inflicted casualties, but there seems to be a growing amount of such strikes around Iraq, and despite the US blaming Iran there seems to be very little evidence of who is really behind it.

Iraq has no shortage of armed groups, and Katyusha rockets are ubiquitous in the region, meaning any number of factions could fire them, or use them to retaliate from the previous firings. Even if an individual strike doesn’t hit anything, it can provoke further actions, and generally add to the unstable situation Iraq is finding itself in.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.