Rockets fired on US Embassy in Baghdad
Rockets fired on the US Embassy in Baghdad caused minor damage. At least eight Katyusha rockets targeted the embassy compound on Sunday, Reuters reported, citing the Iraqi military and the embassy.
The US embassy is located in Baghdad’s Green Zone, a fortified area that also is home to the British, Australian and Egyptian embassies. Most of the rockets hit an apartment building and a security checkpoint, causing damage to buildings and cars. One Iraqi soldier was wounded.
The US withdrew staff from the Baghdad embassy earlier this month out of concern about a potential retaliatory attack ahead of the first anniversary of the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a Jan. 3 airstrike in Baghdad.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The United States has blamed Iran-backed militia groups for previous attacks on the embassy. The US announced plans last month to reduce the number of troops from 3,000 to 2,500 before President Donald Trump leaves office.