Missiles fired toward US heaquarters in central Baghdad
( 2003-09-27 15:50) (Agencies)
Three rockets were fired early Saturday at a hotel
where US military and civilians stay, causing superficial damage but no
casualties, a US official said.
James Smith, spokesman for the US-run coalition, said the projectiles struck
the Al-Rashid Hotel about 6:30 a.m.
The hotel used to be among the best in the Iraqi capital but was taken over
by American forces when they captured the city in April, toppling the regime of
The Al-Rashid is located in a heavily guarded complex which includes the
Baghdad Convention Center, where the US military maintains its press facility
and other offices.
The neighborhood was sealed off. Residents of a neighborhood just west of the
complex said the projectiles were fired from the middle of a street in the
Salhiya district and the launchers were left behind.
US forces and security agents in civilian clothing sealed off the
One resident who saw the launcher near his home said he heard the sound of
three launches at about 6:30 a.m.