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U.S. Embassy in Baghdad comes under missile attack

U.S. Embassy in Baghdad comes under missile attack The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad came under missile attack (
Author: Maria Kholina

The U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad came under a missile attack, according to Associated Press.

According to information from American and Iraqi officials, there were no casualties, but the attack caused minor material damage.

Iraqi security sources state that a total of 14 Katyusha missiles were fired, with some landing near the embassy gates and others in the river. The embassy spokesperson mentioned that two missile salvos were executed.

While assessments are ongoing, there have been no reports of casualties within the embassy grounds. The embassy representative added that no specific group claimed responsibility, but there are indications that the attacks were carried out by insurgents linked to Iran.

The embassy spokesperson called on the Iraqi government to do everything possible to protect diplomatic personnel and coalition partners. He emphasized that the U.S. has the right to self-defense and protection anywhere in the world. The report notes that there are approximately 2,500 American military personnel in Iraq and another 900 in eastern Syria, carrying out missions against the Islamic State. In both countries, Iran has militia groups loyal to Tehran.

Attacks on U.S. military bases

U.S. military bases in the Middle East are regularly subjected to attacks from Iraq and Syria, with the active phase intensifying after the Hamas militants' assault on Israel.

For instance, in early December, militants targeted an American military base with 15 missiles, thankfully resulting in no casualties. In October, drone attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria caused injuries to 20 people.