Two rockets were fired at the US Embassy in Iraq, Baghdad as mortar rounds struck a nearby air base, sparking fears that Word War 3 is breaking out.
The missiles fell at nearby Celebration Square, before a double mortar attack hit Balad Air Base- home to hundreds of US service personnel.
Two Katyusha rockets fell inside Iraq’s Balad air base, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, which houses U.S. forces on Saturday but caused no casualties, two security sources told Reuters.
The attacks on the US embassy and the Balad Air Force Base has come a day after Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed “severe revenge” after the United States killed General Qassem Soleimani, the chief of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in an airstrike at the Baghdad airport on Friday.
“Martyrdom was the reward for his ceaseless efforts in all these years,” Khamenei said on his Twitter account in reference to Qassem Soleimani’s death. The Iranian leader also declared three days of mourning in the country.