Escalating Mideast Tensions: Rockets Target U.S. Embassy in Iraq Amidst Unrest

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Rockets fired at U.S. Embassy in Iraq as Mideast violence keeps escalating

A rocket attack occurred on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad early Friday morning, causing minor damage but no casualties, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.

This marks the first confirmed attack on the embassy within the heavily fortified Green Zone since the Israel-Hamas war began. The Green Zone houses Iraqi government buildings and embassies along the west bank of the Tigris River.

Iran-backed militias in Iraq have claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria since the start of the Israel-Hamas conflict. The U.S. military reports a total of 78 attacks on U.S. facilities in recent weeks, with 37 in Iraq and 41 in Syria.

An Iraqi security official mentioned that 14 Katyusha rockets were fired, causing material damage but no casualties. A U.S. military official stated that a multi-rocket attack targeted American and coalition forces near the embassy complex and the Union III base, with no reported casualties or infrastructure damage.

While no specific group has claimed responsibility, early indications point to Iran-aligned militias. The embassy spokesperson noted that assessments are ongoing. Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani condemned the attack, calling it an “insult to Iraq” and pledging to pursue the perpetrators.

Despite no group claiming responsibility for the embassy attack, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq, an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias, claimed separate attacks on the al-Asad airbase in western Iraq and a base at the Conoco gas field in eastern Syria.

The U.S. has responded to previous attacks with airstrikes in Syria, targeting facilities linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and militias, as well as striking sites in Iraq in response to missile attacks on U.S. forces at al-Asad airbase.

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