Two civilians injured in rocket attack on Baghdad’s ‘Green Zone’, seat of U.S. embassy and Iraqi government
Two civilians were injured in a rocket attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad’s “Green Zone”, the Iraqi military told reporters. At least four missiles were fired, with one reportedly hitting a nearby school.
Video shared Thursday evening local time in Baghdad showed red tracer rounds illuminating the sky over the city as C-RAM point-of-sale cannons installed at the U.S. embassy attempted to intercept the rockets.
The Associated Press, citing unnamed Iraqi military officials, said three missiles hit the perimeter of the U.S. embassy and one hit a school in a nearby residential area. A woman and a girl were reportedly injured in the strike. No further details were provided.
The Iraqi military said the rockets were reportedly fired from the Dora neighborhood in Baghdad. While the attackers have not been identified, the U.S. has accused Shiite militias — allegedly backed by Iran — of attacking U.S. military and diplomatic targets in the country.
Another rocket attack last Thursday targeted U.S. bases in Baghdad and Iraq’s western Anbar province. It coincides with the second anniversary of Iran’s firing of a barrage of missiles at US bases in Iraq in retaliation for the January 2020 drone assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
About 2,500 members of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) remain in Iraq, officially in pure advisory capacity, and their combat mission against IS ended in December.