On Friday, several rockets were fired at the embassy USA in Baghdad’s Green Zone, in Iraqwithout causing damage or injuries, the diplomatic mission reported.
The embassy is located in that ultra-protected neighborhood where Iraqi government institutions and diplomatic missions are located.
This attack joins several others launched against US positions in Iraq since the outbreak of war between them Israel and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
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The US embassy said in a statement that “two salvos of rockets” were fired at the building around 4:15 a.m. local time (01:15 GMT).
A US military official confirmed this to AFP The alarms were activated and “sounds of probable impacts” could be heard. near the embassy and the Union III base, which houses troops from the international anti-jihadist coalition led by Washington.
This source said they are waiting for “official information on the nature of the attack,” which has not yet been claimed.
The UN mission in Iraq condemned the attack on the American representation.
UNAMI condemns this morning’s rocket attack on the US embassy #Baghdad. All diplomatic buildings must be protected in accordance with international law, as emphasized by the Iraqi government. 1/2
— UNAMI (@UNIraq) December 8, 2023
Since the end of the December 1 ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, pro-Iranian armed groups have resumed their attacks on US soldiers and the forces of the international anti-jihadist coalition in Iraq and Syria.
Most of these attacks are claimed by the ‘Islamic Resistance in Iraq’, a group of armed groups linked to Hashd al Shaabi, a coalition of former paramilitaries integrated into the regular armed forces.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohamed Shia al Sudani described the attack as “unacceptable” and said these actions against embassies undermine the country’s security and stability.
“Our security forces (…) will continue to protect the embassies,” he promised. (JO)
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