Several shells were fired Tuesday night (local time), Nov. 17, at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. This broke the truce respected for a month by local pro-Iranian groups.
According to an army statement, quoted by VOA News, the rockets were fired from the al-Amin al-Thaniyah neighborhood, east of Baghdad.
According to the US agency, two Iraqi security officials reported that the rockets hit 2,000 feet from the U.S. Embassy and were intercepted by the C-RAM air defense system, installed this year by Washington.
The embassy is located in the Green Zone, the safest in the country’s capital.
The number of projectiles—between four and seven—has not yet been confirmed, but the attack killed at least one child and wounded five other civilians.
The initial findings indicate that there were no injuries or material damage to the U.S. Embassy.
No immediate responsibility has yet been attributed.
This attack occurred on the same day that the Trump administration announced that it was withdrawing 500 of its soldiers from Iraq. The intention of the White House is to leave only 2,500 soldiers to advise its Iraqi partners in the eradication of what is left of the terrorist group ISIS.
After dozens of attacks, pro-Iranian factions in Iraq had indicated in October that they would cease their activities against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad if Washington announced the withdrawal of all its troops before the end of the year.
In fact, Prime Minister of Iraq Mustafa al-Kadhimi, confirmed that same month the withdrawal of 2,500 U.S. soldiers from his country.
During al-Kadhimi’s visit to Washington at the end of August, he made a pact with President Donald Trump that the 5,200 U.S. soldiers based in Iraq would be withdrawn within three years.
For the Pentagon, the almost 90 attacks that in the last year suffered by the U.S. Embassy, Iraqi bases with U.S. soldiers, and local logistical convoys working for the U.S. Army, are mainly the work of the brigades of Hezbollah, the most radical pro-Iraqi faction.
In fact, unknown groups, linked to pro-Iranian movements, claimed responsibility for several of these attacks.
The departure of U.S. troops from Iraq is part of the fulfillment of the promises made by President Donald Trump, who indicated that he would withdraw his country from the foreign conflicts initiated by previous administrations.
Furthermore, with the withdrawal of troops from the Middle East country, which is in addition to what was announced for Afghanistan, President Trump continues to limit warlike encounters abroad to the maximum.