The U.S. Embassy sent a tweet confirming that it had suffered a rocket attack on Sunday night, Dec. 20. It reported some damage to the complex, but no injuries or fatalities. Iraqi military forces, assured that the attack was perpetrated by a “banned group” by the government.
The tweet said, “The U.S. Embassy confirms rockets targeting the International Zone resulted in the engagement of Embassy defensive systems. There was some minor damage on the Embassy compound but no injuries or casualties.”
The U.S. Embassy confirms rockets targeting the International Zone resulted in the engagement of Embassy defensive systems. There was some minor damage on the Embassy compound but no injuries or casualties. 1/
— U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) December 20, 2020
Later in another message, the embassy reported that some damage was recorded in residential areas in the embassy area and some innocent Iraqi civilians were also injured.
The embassy took the opportunity to call on the Iraqi government to intervene immediately in the matter, to cooperate in taking measures to prevent this type of attack and to carry out a thorough investigation to find the culprits.
At the same time, according to Fox News, an official communiqué published by the Iraqi military service said that “an outlawed group” launched eight rockets against the Green Zone, injuring an Iraqi security person at a checkpoint and damaging a residential complex and some cars.
A U.S. official in Baghdad, in communication with Fox News, said the U.S. military deployed its defense system, C-RAM, against rockets, artillery, and mortar to intercept the rocket attack on Sunday night.
The attacks come about a year after the United States killed Iran’s most powerful general, Qasem Soleimani, on Jan. 3.
A month ago, on Nov. 16, the same embassy suffered another attack of similar characteristics in which several projectiles were fired at the building although they did not manage to hit it directly. This broke the truce agreed upon a month earlier by local pro-Iranian groups.
According to what was reported at the time by VOA News, 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.
While no material damage was detected at the embassy because of the distance the projectiles impacted, one child was confirmed dead and at least five people were injured.
The November attack took place on the same day that the Trump administration announced that it was going to withdraw 500 of its soldiers from Iraq. The intention of the White House is to leave only 2,500 troops to advise its Iraqi partners in the eradication of what is left of the terrorist group ISIS.
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 the United States from foreign conflicts initiated by previous administrations.
Furthermore, with the withdrawal of troops from the country in the Middle East, which is in addition to what was announced for Afghanistan, President Trump continues to limit warlike encounters abroad as much as possible, coordinating the desire to bring peace to the conflict zones.