The American embassy in Baghdad targeted by 4 rockets: Iraqi officials

BAGHDAD – At least four rockets targeted the United States embassy in the heavily fortified Green Zone of Baghdad on Thursday, two Iraqi security officials said. The region is home to diplomatic missions and the seat of the Iraqi government,

Three of the missiles struck within the perimeter of the US embassy, ​​officials said. Another hit a school in a nearby residential complex. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the media.

An Iraqi military statement said a girl and a woman were injured in the attack, without providing further details. The statement said the rockets were launched from the Dora neighborhood in Baghdad.


The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad seen from across the Tigris River, January 3, 2020 (Associated Press)

The US Embassy in Baghdad said in a statement that its compound had been attacked by “terrorist groups attempting to undermine Iraq’s security, sovereignty and international relations.” The Embassy’s C-RAM defense system – supposed to detect and destroy incoming rockets, artillery and mortar shells – was heard during the attack.

The attack is the latest in a series of rocket and drone attacks that have targeted the US presence in Iraq since the start of the year, following the second anniversary of the US strike that killed the Iranian general Qassim Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al -Muhandis.

Iranian General Qassim Soleimani was killed in an American airstrike in Baghdad in January 2020.

Iranian General Qassim Soleimani was killed in an American airstrike in Baghdad in January 2020.

Last Thursday, a series of attacks targeted US troops in Iraq and Syria. Rockets hit an Iraqi military base housing US troops in western Anbar province and the capital.

Pro-Iranian Shiite factions in Iraq have vowed revenge for Soleimani’s murder and conditioned the end of the attacks on the total exit of US troops from the country.

The US-led coalition formally ended its combat mission supporting Iraqi forces in the ongoing struggle against ISIS last month. Some 2,500 troops will remain as the coalition moves on to an advisory mission to continue supporting Iraqi forces.

Senior US Commander for the Middle East, Naval General Frank McKenzie, warned in an interview with The Associated Press last month that he expects attacks on US and Iraqi personnel by militias to increase. supported by Iran and determined to bring out the American forces.

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