Rockets Hit Near U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Clay Curtis
February 16, 2020

Washington blames Iran backed militias for rocket attacks in and around the United States coalition base in Baghdad.

Multiple rockets hit near the USA embassy in Iraq's capital early Sunday, an American military source said, the latest in a flurry of attacks against U.S. assets in the country.

The official did not immediately say if the attack caused any casualties or significant damage.

The rockets struck an Iraqi base hosting U.S. troops and other coalition forces in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, an area that is home to foreign embassies and government offices.

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An Iranian missile attack on Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base on January 8 injured dozens of U.S service members, many of whom have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Tension between Iran and the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has mostly played out on Iraqi soil in recent months. Further details were not provided by him or Iraqi officials.

He said his appointments would consist of independent ministers free from the influence of parties, including Iran-backed Shi'ite groups, that have controlled cabinet posts and state institutions since the USA -led overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

A fourth rocket hit a logistics base in a different neighbourhood operated by Hashed al-Shaabi, a military network officially incorporated into the Iraqi state, the Iraqi military said.

Warning sirens were heard blaring across the fortified Green zone where the embassy is located. It was in retaliation for the USA drone strike in Baghdad that killed Iran's most powerful general, Qassem Soleimani, on January 3.

Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi said on Saturday that the formation of a new government would take place in the coming week.

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