Rocket Attack on U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Foiled, Iraqi Military Says

The rockets were shot down before reaching the embassy compound, causing no casualties or damage, according to Iraqi military officials

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An unfired rocket found by the Iraqi Army is pictured after a Katyusha rocket hit an Iraqi military base in Baghdad, Iraq January 5
An unfired rocket found by the Iraqi Army is pictured after a Katyusha rocket hit an Iraqi military base in Baghdad, Iraq, January 5.Credit: IRAQI MEDIA SECURITY CELL/ REU
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At least two Katyusha rockets were fired at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Thursday, but the rockets were shot down before reaching the compound causing no casualties or damage, two Iraqi military officials said.

The officials who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity provided no further details immediately.

A series of attacks, some of which the United States blames on Iran-aligned militia groups, have targeted bases or installations hosting U.S. military and diplomatic personnel this year causing no casualties.

The Iran-aligned militia have in previous years carried out dozens of similar attacks, mostly causing little harm.

The attacks have targeted U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria since the beginning of the year, part of efforts to mark the anniversary of a U.S. airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad two years ago.

The 2020 U.S. drone strike at Baghdad’s airport killed Soleimani, who was the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces.

Pro-Iran Shiite factions in Iraq have vowed revenge for the killing and have conditioned the end of attacks against the U.S. presence in Iraq on the full exit of American troops from the country.

The U.S.-led coalition formally ended its combat mission supporting Iraqi forces in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group last month. Some 2,500 troops will remain as the coalition shifts to an advisory mission to continue supporting Iraqi forces.

The top U.S. commander for the Middle East Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie warned in an interview with The Associated Press last month that he expects increasing attacks on U.S. and Iraqi personnel by Iranian-backed militias determined to get American forces out.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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