The U.S. Embassy in Iraq (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A rocket was fired in Iraqi capital Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies, but caused no casualties, the Iraqi military said on Sunday.

A blast was heard in central Baghdad on Sunday night, Reuters witnesses said and two Baghdad-based diplomatic sources also said they heard the blast.

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Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran September 22, 2011. (Reuters photo)

A British two-star general had to eat his own words on Tuesday after contradicting the White House, which has warned that Iranian-backed forces could attack U.S. troops in Syria and Iraq.

"There's been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria," Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, a deputy commander for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, told reporters at a Pentagon news briefing. "We are monitoring the Shia militia groups carefully and if the threat level perceives to go up them we will raise our force protection levels accordingly."

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The U.S. Embassy in Iraq (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty.

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad has issued a security alert to U.S. citizens that warns of "heightened tensions" in Iraq and advises against travel to the country.

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US Army

A soldier's Silver Star — which he originally believed to be "too much recognition" despite receiving it for playing hot potato with a live grenade and saving at least six others — has been upgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross.

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Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has vowed to ask President Donald Trump to pardon a Navy SEAL accused of killing a wounded ISIS fighter if the SEAL is found guilty at court-martial.

Hunter, a Marine veteran, said he is confident that Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher is innocent of charges against him, but he also believes, "The U.S. military justice system is not a fair one."

Hunter has long been an advocate for service members whom he says are victimized by the military justice system, though he has faced legal troubles himself. Last year, he and his wife were indicted in federal court for allegedly misusing campaign funds. A trial date has been set for September.

"Eddie needs his day in court," Hunter said Wednesday at a press conference. "I hope that he can have a fair trial. I don't trust the Navy to give him a fair trial, but I think that with all the focus on this case, he stands more of a chance of getting a fair trial than he would have if we had not brought to light what I think are all the injustices against him."

When Task & Purpose asked Hunter if he would ask the president to pardon Gallagher in the event that the SEAL is convicted, the congressman replied: "Absolutely."

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Spc. Miguel L. Holmes was promoted to E4 after this picture was taken. He was assigned to the Georgia Army National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, which falls under the 3rd Infantry Division as part of the Associated Unit Pilot Program. (Army photo).

The U.S. military has lost five service members in less than three weeks — and none of them were killed in combat.

Army Spc. Miguel L. Holmes of the Georgia Army National Guard died on Monday from his injuries stemming from a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan, defense officials have announced.

Holmes, 22, was originally from Hinesville, Georgia, and he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery, 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Savannah, defense officials said. His military awards include the Army Service Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal.

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