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Rockets Fired at US Embassy in Baghdad Amid Gaza War

Rockets were launched at the US embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone, the latest in a series of attacks amid the Israel-Hamas war. The US leads an international coalition battling jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and its forces have been under repeated attack in recent weeks. The attacks come against the backdrop of the more than two-month war between US ally Israel and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamist militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The US embassy said "two salvoes of rockets" were fired at the mission compound at around 4:15 am (0115 GMT). Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani warned that attacks on embassies undermine the country's security and called on security forces to bring those responsible to justice. Since mid-October, there have been dozens of rocket or drone strikes by pro-Iran groups against US or coalition forces in Iraq and Syria. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq condemned the attack and warned of repercussions. The US has counted at least 78 attacks since October 17 against its forces in Iraq and Syria.