On Tuesday, the heavily fortified Green Zone in Iraq, which houses foreign embassies including the American, was hit with four rockets according to the Iraqi military. This signals an apparent end to the pledge by Iran-backed militias to halt attacks targeting American troops in the country.

The rocket attack came less than an hour after the U.S. had announced plans to reduce its troop levels in Iraq from 3,000 to 2,500. The Green Zone is frequently the target of rocket attacks.

In a statement, the Iraqi military said that the rockets were launched from a neighborhood in the al-Alf Dar district in New Baghdad. Four rockets landed in the Green Zone and three outside it. Iraqi officials reported that one child was killed and four civilians were wounded. 

When the alarms were sounded U.S. personnel moved into shelters. Initial reports suggest that no U.S. personnel were injured and no damage to the American Embassy was done.

Following the attack, the Iraqi military posted pictures of the rocket launcher outfitted on the back of a pickup truck, burned by the attackers after launching. Thus far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

Media reports said that there were several large blasts, followed by rapid-fire sounds and red flares lighting up the sky. This indicates that the U.S. embassy’s C-RAM rocket defense system was deployed.