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A US Air Base has been attacked in Iraq, in an area north of Baghdad, according to the Al Arabiya website.

At least two Katyusha rockets landed inside the Balad Air Base housing US troops Saturday night, located about 50 miles north of the city, two security sources told Reuters.

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A mortar shell exploded in the Al-Jadiriya neighborhood in Baghdad, wounding five people according to a statement from a spokesperson for the Iraqi Army.

Several rockets landed in the “Green Zone’ near the US Embassy, according to an Iraqi security official who spoke with Reuters. The rockets landed inside “Celebrations Square,” near the US Embassy.” A great deal of damage was caused, but no one was physically wounded, according to the sources.

The Green Zone is the district in which the foreign embassies – including that of the United States – as well as Iraqi parliament and government ministries are located. Some areas of the district, but not all, are protected by barriers.

It’s not yet clear who launched the rocket attacks.

Iran vowed Friday to avenge the death of IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, assassinated last Thursday in a US air strike.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.