U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the US Embassy in Iraq announced on Friday that it had been hit by missiles. According to an official security source, sirens rang today in the US embassy compound in the Green Zone after three rockets were shot at the embassy.
U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is Under Attack
“At this point, no specific group has claimed responsibility,” said a spokesperson for the US Embassy, “but indications are the attacks were initiated by Iran-aligned militias, which operate freely in Iraq.”
According to the statement, two missiles impacted the embassy compound at about 4:15 a.m., with no casualties reported as of yet.
“We again call on the Government of Iraq, as we have done on many occasions, to do all in its power to protect diplomatic and Coalition partner personnel and facilities.”
According to the press release, “We reiterate that we reserve the right to self-defense and to protect our personnel anywhere in the world.”
The Green Zone is one of the most protected regions in the region, surrounded by concrete barriers, security checkpoints, and surveillance cameras.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammad Shia al-Sudani reaffirmed the country’s rejection of any attack on its land to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on December 2.
PM Al-Sudani reaffirmed Iraq’s commitment to protecting Global Coalition advisors in the nation.
Nonetheless, virtually daily strikes against the US-led Coalition in Iraq and Syria began in sympathy with Palestinians following Hamas’ attack on October 7 and Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip, which killed over 16,500 Palestinians.
As a result, the US has carried out strikes in eastern Syria and Iraq, targeting weapons depots and storage facilities linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and its affiliates.
It is unclear whether today’s targeting is related to the strikes on US bases.
Aside from its diplomatic staff, the US has some 2,500 troops in Iraq on a mission to advise and support local forces in their efforts to avoid a rebirth of the Islamic State, which controlled huge swaths of both countries before being defeated in 2014.
“We reiterate that we reserve the right to self-defense and to protect our personnel anywhere in the world,” the spokesperson said.
The United Nations mission in Iraq denounced the attack. “Iraq cannot afford to be drawn into a wider conflict, which would threaten hard-won stability and the achievements made so far,” it stated in a post on social media.
When contacted by Reuters, embassy spokespeople did not immediately react to demands for comment, and no official US announcement has yet been made. According to social media posts, sirens warning people to “duck and cover” were activated.
It was unclear whether the embassy’s air defense systems were triggered or if there was any damage.
Since mid-October, US personnel at military locations in Iraq and Syria have been subjected to more than 70 attacks claimed by an Iran-backed umbrella organization of Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim armed groups, however, diplomatic missions have been spared. On a few occasions, the US military has reacted against militant targets.
Yemen’s Houthis, supported by Tehran, have also conducted strikes in the Red Sea on commercial shipping and US naval vessels in the last two weeks. The US accused Iran this week of supporting the Houthi drone and missile attacks.