The U.S. embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdadi, was the subject of yet another rocket attack, carried out by unknown operatives.
Several media outlets confirmed that at least two rockets fell late on January 8 in the vicinity of the U.S. embassy in Bagdad’s Green Zone, a fortified area that hosts government buildings and foreign missions. Iraq’s official Security Media Cell confirmed the incident.
“Two Katyusha rockets fell inside the Green Zone without causing any casualties, we will provide you with details later,” the Security Media Cell said on Twitter.
The name “Katyusha” is usually used in the Middle East to refer to different variants of 107 mm rockets. Iranian-made rockets of this caliber were used in previous attacks on U.S. installations in Iraq.
Photo of one of the rockets that fell near the Green Zone. Hit the water line again. pic.twitter.com/VVVujbHLZ4
— TØM CΛT (@TomtheBasedCat) January 8, 2020
A day earlier, Iraq witnessed a dangerous escalation when Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched over a dozen of missiles at U.S. bases in the northern and western parts of the country.
The Iranian attack was a response to the U.S. assassination of Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassam Soleimani earlier this month.
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) also vowed to avenge their Deputy-Commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed alongside Soleimani. The PMU’s response is yet to come.