Rocket explodes near US embassy in Iraq

ABC News' Martha Raddatz reports on the rising tensions in the Middle East after an explosion went off Sunday less than a mile from the U.S. embassy.
1:21 | 05/20/19

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George, now to a new attack raising tensions in the middle East. A rocket exploding less than a mile from the U.S. Embassy in Iraq on Sunday, our chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz is tracking the very latest. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Tensions are already high in the region and this rocket attack rattled those in the so-called green zone. There were no injuries but the rocket did explode within a mile of the embassy. The American embassy is already operating at reduced capacity because of unspecified threats from Iran. Although no one has claimed responsibility for this attack, officials there say it was launched from an area where iranian-backed militias operate. A short time after the rocket exploded president trump tweeting if Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again. Iranian officials tweeting back just a short time ago saying never threaten an Iranian. Try respect. Back and forth as you said. Very, very tense times and already our forces were on high alert with warships now there. Reporter: They are. We now have a carrier strike group in the Arabian sea and those American bombers as well as a show of force to Iran. But president trump says he does not want war with Iran but says he does not want them to have nuclear weapons either. Robin. All right, Martha, thank you.

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