US embassy in Baghdad attacked with rockets, no casualties
Rockets were fired at the US embassy in Baghdad on Friday (8 December) in an attack believed to have been carried out by Iran-aligned militias which have targeted US interests in Syria and Iraq over Washington’s backing for Israel in its Gaza war.
Explosions were heard near the embassy, in the centre of the capital, at about 4 a.m. on Friday. Sirens calling on people to take cover were activated.
U.S. Defense Sources have Confirmed that a Rocket Attack occurred against the International “Green Zones” in the Iraqi Capital City of Baghdad tonight, with possible Impacts reported near the U.S. Embassy Compound as well as the Union lll Forward-Operations Base used by Coalition… pic.twitter.com/xWSX8WDYAb
— OSINTdefender (@sentdefender) December 8, 2023
The dozens of attacks against US forces in Iraq and Syria have been claimed by a group of Iran-aligned Shi’ite Muslim militias operating under the banner of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq.
‘Acts of terrorism’
The attacks pose a challenge for Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, who has pledged to protect foreign missions and capitlize on fragile stability to focus on the economy and court foreign investment, including from the United States.
Sudani directed security agencies to pursue the perpetrators, describing them as “unruly, lawless groups that do not in any way represent the will of the Iraqi people,” a statement from his office said.