Thursday, February 25, 2021

US Embassy in Baghdad targeted by rocket fire


This is the third attack on Western interests in Iraq in a week. Rockets were fired on Monday (February 22) at the United States embassy in Baghdad but fell nearby, security sources said. At least two rockets fell in the Green Zone, which houses state institutions and diplomatic representations, according to a statement from the Iraqi security services. At least one rocket also hit the Iraqi National Security headquarters, located near the American diplomatic mission, damaging several cars.

The US-led international coalition, which helps Iraq fight the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, is deployed at a base near the US embassy. “There was no casualty or damage” on the base, said a spokesperson for the coalition.

Other rockets crashed in residential areas around the Green Zone, an ultra-secure neighborhood. A parking lot was damaged, a witness told AFP. The rocket fire was not immediately claimed, but the Iraqi army said it had located the site of their launch in a district in the north of Baghdad.

Attacks against Western interests, and particularly American interests, have been taking place regularly since late 2019 in Iraq. US and Iraqi officials accuse pro-Iran groups of being responsible. Hours after the shooting, the State Department said the United States would hold “Iran responsible for the actions of its supporters who attack Americans” and Iraq.

On Saturday, rockets targeted Balad air base, north of Baghdad, where Iraqi forces are stocking F-16 planes, injuring at least one Iraqi employee of a US company in charge of aircraft maintenance, sources said. of security.

On February 15, a rocket salute struck a military base hosting foreign troops in the airport of Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Autonomous Region in northern Iraq. A foreign civilian contractor working with the anti-jihadist coalition was killed and nine people were injured. Other rockets hit the entire northwest of the town of Erbil the same day, including residential areas, where they injured five civilians, one of whom died on Monday.



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