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Rockets strike near US Embassy

BAGHDAD, Iraq — At least four rockets hit near the sprawling U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and a Iraqi base hosting American troops inside the Green Zone early Sunday, but caused no casualties.

The attack came just before 3:30 a.m. local time, according to Col. Myles B. Caggins III, a spokesman for the U.S. military operation in Iraq. He said the rockets hit the base hosting U.S. and other coalition forces. Three Iraqi security officials said two of the rockets fell inside the U.S. Embassy compound, while another hit near the coalition base.

Assad’s forces securing Aleppo region

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian troops have made significant advances against the last rebel held enclaves in the country’s northwest, state media said on Sunday, consolidating the government’s hold over the key Aleppo province.

The Syrian government advance also appeared to put the provincial capital of Aleppo out of the firing range of opposition groups for the first time in years, another sign of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s growing control of the area.