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Reports: Rockets launched at US Embassy in Baghdad

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There are reports that at least four Katyusha rockets have been launched at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq on Tuesday afternoon.

An Iraq correspondent for the Associated Press, Samya Kullab, tweeted the news, saying that this act signals “an end to informal truce announced by Iran-backed militia in October.”

Kullab also stated that four rockets were launched instead of two and that they were intercepted by the C-RAM missile defense system, with one of the rockets landing 600 meters from the embassy. Additionally, according to Kullab, two Iraqi security forces were wounded, officials have told the AP.

This comes just a day after it was announced that the U.S. would be reducing its troops stationed in Afghanistan by roughly half.

This story is currently developing.

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VIDEO: Russia Moving Missiles Towards Finland Border

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Putin has said in recent years that Finland is considered friendly so long as they do not join NATO. Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö confirmed Sunday he has applied for NATO membership.

MetroUK tweeted chilling video and reported the following:

Russia has started moving nuclear-capable missiles towards its border with Finland hours after Moscow vowed not to tolerate Helsinki’s plans to join Nato.

The Kremlin issued a chilling warning that plans for both Finland and Sweden to sign up to the Atlantic alliance were a ‘grave mistake with far reaching consequences’.

Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said: ‘They should have no illusions that we will simply put up with it,’ and insisted ‘the general level of military tension will rise’.

The video was reportedly taken on a road leading to Vyborg, around 24 miles from the Finnish border, showing the deployment of mobile Iskander missiles.

“Seven launchers are thought to be en route according to commentary on a dash cam video broadcast by Russian media.”

A person on the video can be heard saying: ‘As soon as the president of Finland said they were joining Nato, a whole division of Iskanders, seven of them is moving towards Vyborg.

‘Looks like a new military unit is about to be formed in Vyborg or the region.’

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