Rockets fired at US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq

i24NEWS - AFP

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FILE: A plume of smoke rises from the heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses the U.S. embassy and the Iraqi government offices, in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 27, 2007.
AP / Dusan Vranic 2007 ©FILE: A plume of smoke rises from the heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses the U.S. embassy and the Iraqi government offices, in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 27, 2007.

No US personnel reported injured, although the rockets wounded three at a nearby school

Two people were wounded Thursday by a rocket that fell on a school in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, while two other rockets fell on United States embassy grounds, a security source said.

"Three rockets were fired towards the Green Zone. Two of those fell on the grounds of the American embassy and the other on a school nearby, injuring a woman and a girl," the high-ranking official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

A boy was later also listed as injured.

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There were no immediate reports of injuries at the US embassy.

"The US Embassy compound was attacked this evening by terrorist groups attempting to undermine Iraq’s security, sovereignty and international relations," the embassy's official Twitter account announced following the incident.

"We have long said that these sorts of reprehensible attacks are an assault not just on diplomatic facilities, but on the sovereignty of Iraq itself."

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Unnamed officials from Iraq’s military reported to Reuters that two to three Katyusha rockets were shot towards the US embassy, and at least two were downed by the facility’s defense systems.

In December, another salvo of rockets targeted the US embassy, an attack which no organization claimed. These attacks are usually pinned on Iranian-backed militia in Iraq.

This coincides with the US removing most troops from Iraq at the end of 2021, except for some soldiers left to advise, train and assist Iraqi forces.

Sectarian tensions remain high also after the October elections, with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi targeted in an unsuccessful assassination attempt in November.