Two rockets crashed………into the Iraqi capital’s high security Green Zone

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Delhi: Two rockets crashed late Wednesday into the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone, the high-security enclave where foreign embassies including the US mission are based, security sources said. Just before midnight, AFP correspondents in Baghdad heard two loud blasts followed by the wailing security sirens of the Green Zone. The attack came nearly 24 hours after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing American and other coalition forces, which did not cause casualties.  The strikes were in retaliation for a US drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis last week.  On Wednesday, the Hashed’s hardline factions vowed they, too, would take revenge for the US raid. Paramilitary chief Qais al-Khazali blacklisted as a “terrorist” by the US said Iraq’s response to the US “will be no less than the size of the Iranian response.”