The mission said that on Friday, a flurry of rocket fire was directed against the US embassy located in the heavily fortified Green Zone of Baghdad. This strike during the Israel-Hamas conflict was merely the latest in a series of them.
According to a US official, “a multi-rocket attack was launched at US and Coalition forces in the vicinity of Union III and the Baghdad embassy complex” with no known injuries or damage.
Nobody claimed anything right away.
Leading an international coalition in neighboring Syria and Iraq against Islamists, the US military has recently been the target of many attacks.
The strikes are happening against the backdrop of the over two-month-long battle between US ally Israel and the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
“Two salvoes of rockets” were fired at the mission compound at approximately 4.15 am (0115 GMT), according to a statement from the US embassy.
“Indications are the attacks were initiated by Iran-aligned militias,” said a US spokesperson.
“We again call on the government of Iraq… to do all in its power to protect diplomatic and coalition partner personnel and facilities.
“We reiterate that we reserve the right to self-defence and to protect our personnel anywhere in the world,” the spokesperson added.
But until this Friday, there haven’t been any rocket strikes against the US embassy in Baghdad since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7. This has heightened tensions in the area and sparked fears of a larger conflict.
“Three Katyusha rockets targeting the American embassy fell close to the Green Zone,” which is along the Tigris River, according to an Iraqi security official. They were not authorized to speak to the media, so they had to speak on condition of anonymity.
To prevent the Islamic State from emerging again, the US military has deployed an additional 900 troops in Syria and an additional 2,500 in Iraq.
The previous day, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was informed by Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani over the phone that Baghdad refused.
“any attack on Iraqi territory”, according to a statement from Sudani’s office.
Sudani also said the Iraqi government was committed “to ensuring the safety of the international coalition advisers present in Iraq”.
A drone attacked Western forces at the Ain al-Asad Airbase in western Iraq on Wednesday, according to a US military official, but there were no injuries or damages.
Do you find Xclusivepop useful? Click here to give us five stars rating!