The U.S. military said that unidentified explosions overnight in Baghdad were rocket attacks targeting the “Green Zone” in Baghdad, the location of the Coalition Provisional Authority and the nerve center of U.S. operations.
“What we know now is three to six explosions impacted in … one of the buildings inside the Green Zone, not the palace or the headquarters,” Brig. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti told CNN. “There were two wounded, both were (U.S.) soldiers.”
He said the soldiers were not seriously hurt.
The ferocity of the blasts had people working inside the headquarters diving under their desks, sources said. The Coalition Provisional Authority headquarters was also targeted in November in insurgent attacks but no one was injured.
The Green Zone # a compound measuring 2 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, sits on the west bank of the Tigris River in the center of Baghdad # is the name for the area where U.S. operations are centered. It’s the most heavily guarded site in the city.
Scaparrotti, the assistant commander for maneuvers in the 1st Armored Division, in charge of Baghdad, said damage was still being assessed. He said the rockets came from southeast Baghdad and soldiers were trying to pinpoint the exact location.