Middle East

US embassy in Iraq’s capital Baghdad targeted with 2 rockets

14:49, 19 December 2021
US embassy in Iraq’s capital Baghdad targeted with 2 rockets Photo: Khalil Dawood/Global Look Press

The personnel securing the Green Zone have shot down one of them while the other missed.

Two Katyusha rockets were fired this night at the Green Zone accommodating several foreign embassies, including that of the US, in Baghdad, Iraq, security forces have reported. No casualties or injuries have been reported.

The personnel could intercept one missile with the C-RAM defense system while the other rocket landed near the Grand Festivities Square neighboring the heavily protected Green Zone and damaged two vehicles, US defense representatives said in a Sunday statement.

No movement or group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. An investigation has been opened.

The attempt comes as the US forces approach the deadline set by Iran-backed militias who earlier warned that they would carry out attacks in case the US troops did not withdraw from Iraq by December 31.

Regardless that the US has shifted its role in Iraq to non-combat, the military still deploys around 2,500 soldiers in Iraq accompanied by some 1,000 coalition soldiers. Last week marine General Frank McKenzie announced that the US would keep the current number of troops in Iraq at least for the foreseeable future and warned about potential attacks which would be conducted by militias.

The US provides air support, military aid, and training services to Iraqi troops fighting ISIL*.

Attacks on the American embassy in Baghdad are not rare. A similar incident occured in late July several days after US President Joe Biden had held talks with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. Two Katyusha rockets damaged one car in the Green Zone.

*ISIL, also known as ISIS, Islamic State, or Daesh is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.