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PublishDate: Monday, January 27, 2020 11:09

US Embassy in Iraq Hit By Rocket Attacks

The attack on Sunday evening in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone marked a dangerous escalation in a series of rocket attacks in recent months that have targeted the embassy or Iraqi military bases where American troops are deployed.
None of the attacks has been claimed but Washington has repeatedly blamed Iran-backed military factions in Iraq.
On Sunday one rocket hit an embassy cafeteria at dinner time while two others landed nearby, a security source told AFP.
A senior Iraqi official told AFP at least one person was wounded, but it was not immediately clear how serious the injuries were and whether the person was an American national or an Iraqi staff member. Reuters reported three people had been wounded.
The US embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The US State Department called on Iraq late on Sunday to “fulfil its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities”.


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