On September 16 afternoon, a rocket attack targeted U.S. embassy inside the Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
In an official statement, the Iraqi Security Media Cell said at least one rocket landed in the Green Zone, striking building no 31 in the al-Qadisiyah residential complex. Translators working for the U.S. embassy and the coalition reportedly live and work there.
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) September 16, 2020
The attack resulted in limited material losses. An armored SUV, similar to those usually used by Iraqi and U.S. officials, was damaged.
Reported image of the impact. pic.twitter.com/SJ1jLCWgJ5
— Aurora Intel (@AuroraIntel) September 16, 2020
The rocket was launched from the vicinity of al-Hadi mosque in the nearby district of Amil. The C-RAM [Counter rocket, artillery, and mortar] system, that has been recently deployed by the U.S. in the Green Zone, was not activated.
While the Security Media Cell claimed that the attack was carried out with a “Katyusha” [107 mm] rocket, the Sabereen News channel on Telegram said a “more advanced” rocket was used.
This was the second rocket attack to target Baghdad’s Green Zone in the last 48 hours. On September 15, at least four rockets were fired at the highly-fortified area of the U.S. embassy. No losses were reported, however.
Shiite armed groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps are allegedly behind the recent attacks on U.S. forces and diplomatic mission in Iraq.
Many of these groups, including Kata’ib Hezbollah, vowed to expel U.S. troops from Iraq following the assassination of Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis earlier this year.
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