Rocket fired at Baghdad airport, no explosion: Security source Jul 07, 2020 0 835 12345 AFPBaghdadA rocket landed near Baghdad airport overnight but did not explode, an Iraqi security source said, after two other rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations at the weekend.However, the Iraqi army said early Monday that no rocket had been fired.American soldiers are based at the airport. Since October, US diplomats and troops across Iraq have been targeted in around three dozen missile attacks blamed by Washington on pro-Iranian armed factions.Late last month, in the first move of its kind, elite Iraqi troops arrested more than a dozen Tehran-backed fighters allegedly planning a new attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone, home to the American and other foreign embassies.Iraqi government officials said the raid would help deter future attacks -- but on Saturday night militants made another attempt.One rocket fired at the Green Zone landed near a home, wounding a child, according to the Iraqi military, which said it had thwarted another attack targeting its Taji base north of the capital.Those attempts came just hours after the US embassy tested a new rocket defence system, according to a senior Iraqi security source. There was no immediate comment from the embassy on whether the system was used against the rocket.The US blames the attacks on Kataeb Hezbollah, a Tehran-backed faction within Iraq’s state-sponsored network of armed units known as the Hashed al-Shaabi. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Palestinians seek closure of West Bank crossings to curb virus Jul 07, 2020 0 328 ‘Does not matter’ who wins next US elections: Iran foreign minister Jul 07, 2020 0 329 Kenya to emerge from virus lockdown, resume international flights Jul 07, 2020 0 343 Iran’s daily virus deaths near record high Tehran Iran on Monday reported 160 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, close to the country’s highest single-day toll announced the previous day. The Islamic republic has been battling the Middle East’s deadliest .. Saudi Arabia makes masks mandatory, bans gatherings during Hajj DPA Riyadh Muslim pilgrims at this year’s Hajj must wear face masks at all times, authorities said, while workers will ensure no overcrowding or gatherings take place during the pilgrimage that in normal times brings .. Shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocks Kabul: USGS A shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Kabul on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, sending crowds into the streets of the Afghan capital. There were no immediate reports of any casualties after the quake shook .. Ghana challenger names first woman as major party VP pick Accra Ghana’s main presidential challenger John Mahama on Monday named Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang as his running mate for December’s election, the first time a major party has chosen a female vice-presidential .. Israel launches new spy satellite to target enemies ‘near and far’ DPA Tel Aviv Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said his country was much better able to act against enemies “near and far” thanks to the successful launch of a new spy satellite. Against the backdrop of ..