Three mortar rounds hit Baghdad Green Zone

13:10, July 13, 2011      

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Photo taken on July 12, 2011 shows smoke rises from the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq. Three mortar rounds struck Baghdad 's Green Zone on Tuesday afternoon and huge columns of black smoke were billowing from the scene, an Interior Ministry source said. (Xinhua/Zhang Ning)

Three mortar rounds struck Baghdad's Green Zone on Tuesday afternoon and huge columns of black smoke were billowing from the scene, an Interior Ministry source said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties by the blasts in the zone, which houses some of the Iraqi government offices and the U.S. embassy, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The barrage came a day after the new U.S. defense Leon Panetta met with U.S. military commanders in Iraq and held talks with top Iraqi officials about whether some U.S. troops will remain in Iraq after the deadline of the end of 2011.

The heavily fortified Green Zone has been frequently targeted by insurgents' mortar and rocket attacks. The roughly 10 square km zone is located on the west bank of the Tigris River which bisects the Iraqi capital.

Source: Xinhua

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