At least three rockets hit the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad Iraq on Sunday.
There have been many close calls in the past, but this is the first actual direct hit on the facility in years.
A least one rocket is reported to have hit the embassy cafeteria during the dinner hour, while two other rockets landed nearby
— Yosef Yisrael (@yosefyisrael25) January 26, 2020
Iraqi security forces have said that there are no injuries. Other reports are unclear. A senior U.S. official is saying initial reports are no injuries.
Iranian-backed militia are believed to be behind the rocket attacks.
Iran is no doubt behind this, but who is directly responsible? And whom, if anyone, will the US punish? We’ll have to wait & see. Meanwhile, it appears that Kata’ib Hizballah has come as close to taking responsibility as one can w/out actually doing so. https://t.co/rhwc8QNFUo https://t.co/ZYIfscO7OC
— Mike (@Doranimated) January 27, 2020
From Fox News:
The security situation remains tense and Iranian-backed armed groups remain a threat. So, we remain vigilant,” a State Department spokesperson told Fox News.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Hoshyar Zebari blamed the rocket attack on an “unruly militia.”
“The Embassy restaurant or canteen was damaged and burned. This is a very dangerous game by #PMF uncontrolled factions to galvanize the tense situation. It must stop,” he tweeted, referring to the Popular Mobilization Forces, an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq.
After Iran shot ballistic missiles at U.S. forces at two bases in Iraq recently, there were no reported injuries reported at the time because there were no apparent physical injuries. However, 34 soldiers later developed concussion symptoms which were later looked into and treated.
The United States responded to multiple prior rocket attacks which killed an American contractor and wounded others and a storming of the U.S. Embassy by killing Qasem Soleimani, the IRGC terrorist leader.
These new attacks may up the stakes and escalate matters further between the U.S. and Iran.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and Speaker of Parliament Mohammed Halbusi have both condemned the incident, saying it puts Iraq in the middle of a possible hostilities.
This is a developing story.