A US official told CNN that three rockets hit the US Embassy in Baghdad (Iraqi Capital), leaving one person injured. The injury was not serious, and the individual has returned to his/her normal duties. One of the rockets hit the dining facility in the compound. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the State Department spokesperson made references to previous Iranian-backed militia attacks on the US Embassy. This news comes after the attacks on the US Embassy a few weeks ago and after the Pentagon launched an airstrike that killed the Iranian military leader, Gen. Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad’s international airport.
The attacks at the US Embassy refers to the siege of the US Embassy in Baghdad that occurred a few days before the airstrike. Iranian-backed militia stormed the Embassy and stranded the American diplomats inside. The siege lasted for 2 days and ended once military leaders asked the militia to pull back. Lasting damage was done to the Embassy building.
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The U.S. Reactions
The State Department spokesperson continued to say on Sunday evening that they “are aware of reports of rockets landing in the International Zone.” The spokesperson did not mention the US Embassy, however. The State Department also didn’t comment on any injuries to employees of the embassy.
“We call on the Government of Iraq to fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities,” the spokesperson said. Rep. Michael McCaul, the lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a tweet that he is “closely monitoring” the reports of the rocket attack on the US Embassy.
Iraq’s take on the attack
The Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul Mahdi, has condemned the attack. He mentioned that the continuation of such attacks would “drag Iraq into becoming a battlefield.” With the recent missile attacks that led to the crash of Ukrainian Flight 752, it seems as though Iraq is already turning into a battlefield.
The Prime Minister also said that the Iraqi military has been ordered to “deploy, search, and investigate to prevent the recurrence of such attacks, and to arrest those who launched these rockets so that they can be punished.” He says that the Iraqi government is “committed to protecting all diplomatic missions and taking all necessary measures to achieve this.”
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