AFP quoted the source as saying that the C-RAM missile defense system at the US embassy did not fire because the rocket did not fall inside the embassy. However, at least 1 rocket hit the headquarters of the National Security Agency of Iraq, located near the US embassy, and damaged some cars parked there. Other rockets hit several other locations in Baghdad.
The US-led coalition has been deployed in Iraq since 2014 to help Iraqi security forces fight extremists who also have a base near the US embassy. “We had no damage or casualties,” coalition spokesman Wayne Marotto said on Twitter.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but security forces have identified the rocket launchers located in a district north of Baghdad.
On February 20, another rocket attack took place, targeting the Al-Balad airbase north of Baghdad, where Iraq placed F-16 fighters purchased from the United States.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi pledged to take measures to end the rocket attack like this. In October 2020, the US threatened to close the embassy in Baghdad if the rocket attacks did not end.
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