U.S. Calls On Iraq To Protect Diplomats After Attack On Embassy

(AmericanProsperity.com) – A Dec. 8 rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad caused minor damage, according to a U.S. military official.

Fourteen rockets were fired at the embassy, according to an Iraqi security official. The embassy compound was struck by close to seven mortar rounds while the other rounds fell in the river, according to the official. This is the first confirmed strike on the embassy since the Israel-Hamas war began following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. It is the first time in more than a year that the embassy has been attacked. There were no casualties reported from the rocket attack.

The attack was launched toward American forces and allies in the area of the embassy. Early indications are Iran-aligned militias are responsible for the attack, according to a U.S. military official.

While no group claimed responsibility for the attack on the embassy, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed responsibility for separate Dec. 8 attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq. Three bases in Syria were also attacked with rockets and drones Dec. 8. The Ain al-Asad airbase west of Baghdad was attacked twice Dec. 8, with rockets and drones, according to another U.S. defense official. There was no damage reported to any of the bases.

Iran-backed militias have claimed responsibility for many of the attacks that have been aimed at U.S. troops in Syria and Iraq since Oct 7. There have been 37 attacks in Iraq and 41 attacks in Syria reported against U.S. facilities. The U.S. has responded to the attacks with a series of strikes.

A military official said the United States requests that the government of Iraq do all it can to “protect diplomatic and Coalition partner personnel and facilities.”
In a statement, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said that “targeting diplomatic missions” such as the embassy “cannot be justified.” He promised to “pursue the perpetrators.”

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