Rocket attack near U.N. site in Baghdad kills 2

Other News Materials 29 November 2008 17:38 (UTC +04:00)

At least two people were killed early Saturday in a rocket attack near a U.N. compound in Baghdad's Green Zone, an official with the United Nations' Iraq mission said, CNN reported.

The attack near a U.N. compound came a day after protests against approval of a U.S. security agreement.

The attack near a U.N. compound came a day after protests against approval of a U.S. security agreement.

The two worked for a catering company supporting the U.N. facilities in the Green Zone, the United Nations said. Fifteen people were injured, but no U.N. or international staff members died or were wounded.

Camp Victory, the U.S. military base near the Baghdad International Airport, was also attacked with rockets early Saturday. There was no immediate word on casualties.

The U.S. military said it believes Iranian-made rockets were used in both attacks.

Shiite militias are usually behind rocket and mortar attacks on the Green Zone. The heavily fortified Green Zone is the common name for the International Zone in central Baghdad, home to government and agency offices and many Westerners.

The United States has said Iran funds, trains, and arms anti-American "special groups," the U.S. term for splinter factions of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Medhi Army.

Iran denies the U.S. accusations that it is supporting insurgent factions within Iraq.

Two days before the attacks, Iraq's parliament approved a security agreement with the United States that allows American troops to remain in the country for three more years.

Friday, al-Sadr followers filled the streets of his stronghold in Baghdad's Sadr City to protest the agreement.

The Sadrists vehemently oppose the deal because they want U.S. troops out of Iraq immediately. The 30 Sadrist lawmakers in parliament staged loud protests against the measure during debates.

During Friday prayers in Sadr City, Sheikh Hussein al-Husseini condemned the parliamentary vote ratifying the "cursed agreement." He read a message from al-Sadr announcing three days of mourning because the legislation was passed.

Some worshippers torched U.S. flags and peaceful protesters chanted against the government.

The three-person presidency council, made up of the Kurdish president and the Sunni and Shiite vice presidents, still needs to approve the U.S.-Iraqi proposal.