DEVELOPING: 3 Rockets Hit U.S. Embassy In Baghdad


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Three rockets have reportedly hit the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, marking the first time a U.S. Embassy has been hit directly in years.

Details:

ABC News had more:

The U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad was hit by multiple rockets on Sunday, two U.S. officials told ABC News.

This is the first time the compound has been hit directly in years and comes just weeks after pro-Iranian militia members and their supporters assaulted the compound in Iraq.

Rocket attacks on the Green Zone are very common. Last week three rockets were fired into Baghdad's Green Zone, the heavily fortified area of the capital that houses the embassy, government buildings and U.S. service members. Iraqi officials said Monday that there were no injuries.


A general view of the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 3, 2020.A general view of the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 3, 2020.Ameer Al Mohmmedaw/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

Both U.S. officials told ABC News that the dining hall was hit directly in Sunday's attack. One of the officials said there were a total of five rockets fired and that three hit the embassy compound.

There were no reported fatalities. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.


CNN has confirmed the report:

At least one rocket hit a dining facility Sunday on the compound of the US Embassy in Baghdad, a US official told CNN.

The official said at this early stage there are reports of minor damage.

"We are aware of reports of rockets landing in the International Zone, a State Department spokesperson said Sunday evening but did not specifically address the embassy itself. 

While the State Department is not directly blaming Iranian-backed militia groups for the attack, the spokesperson referenced Iran's threat in the region and past attacks by such militias on US interests.

"The security situation remains tense and Iranian-backed armed groups remain a threat. So, we remain vigilant," the spokesperson said.

The US is calling on the government of Iraq "to fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities," the State Department spokesperson said. The department noted that it will not comment further on the security situation in Baghdad and did not address whether any employees were injured.

Since September, there have been more than 14 attacks either by the Iranian government or militias backed by Tehran on US personnel based in Iraq, according to the State Department.

Rep. Michael McCaul, the lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs committee, said in a tweet Sunday that he is "closely monitoring reports of a rocket attack targeting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad."

"Violent acts against our diplomatic facilities are simply unacceptable. We must ensure the safety of American diplomats, troops and other Americans in Iraq."

Adil Abdul Mahdi, the prime minister of Iraq, condemned the attack and said Iraqi forces have been ordered to "deploy, search, and investigate to prevent the recurrence of such attacks, and to arrest those who launched these rockets so that they can be punished."

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