Rocket attack targets US embassy in Baghdad
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A rocket attack targeted the US Embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad Thursday evening, reportedly wounding two civilians in areas close to the fortified Green Zone.
Security sources told Kurdistan 24 that "the attack was carried out with three rockets launched from Karara area of al-Dora city, south of Baghdad.” They added that the US Embassy's C-RAM system intercepted two of the rockets, while a third landed nearby.
“The U.S. Embassy compound was attacked this evening by terrorist groups attempting to undermine Iraq’s security, sovereignty and international relations,” the US mission in Baghdad tweeted.
… that these sorts of reprehensible attacks are an assault not just on diplomatic facilities, but on the sovereignty of Iraq itself. 2/2— U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) January 13, 2022
“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,” it added.
The Iraqi military communications center confirmed later two civilians, a woman and a girl, were wounded in the "terrorist" assault, noting that one of the rockets landed "inside a school in the same area."
The agency asserted that shrapnel from the shot-down rockets had been the cause of the injuries to the civilians, who live in the area's Qadisiya Complex.
The attack follows repeated assaults from pro-Iranian militias on US and Coalition targets in Iraq. Only on Sunday, did the Biden administration break with the scrupulous restraint it had previously shown in not attributing the attacks to any particular party.
However, it has yet to threaten Iran and its proxies with any particular retaliation in the face of the ongoing assaults.