A rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad left “minor damage,” but no diplomats were injured.
The Iraqi military said a group of unidentified men launched eight rockets at the U.S. Embassy building in Baghdad Sunday night. The embassy confirmed the attack on Twitter, noting that there was “minor damage” to the area, but no word on injuries or casualties inside the embassy.
One Iraqi security official at a checkpoint is known to have been injured in the shelling. Rocket blasts also damaged a nearby vacant apartment complex and several cars.
A U.S. official in Baghdad told Fox News that the U.S. military deployed missile, artillery and mortar defenses to intercept the missile attack. “As we have repeatedly stated, such attacks on diplomatic facilities are a violation of international law and a direct attack on sovereignty. We call on all Iraqi political and government leaders to take steps to prevent such attacks and hold those responsible accountable,” the embassy said in an official statement.
Washington warned Iraq in September that it would close its embassy in Baghdad if the government does not take decisive measures to stop missile and other attacks by Iranian-backed militias on U.S. and allied interests in the country.
The U.S. plans to reduce the number of troops in Iraq from 3,000 to 2,500 by mid-January before Donald Trump leaves office.