Three rockets hit U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad

Three rockets hit U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad
Iran-backed Hashd militia troops flying the Khataib Hezbollah flag man a U.S. 155mm howitzer in fighting in Iraq. (Image via Twitter, Mohamad 6234)

[Ed. – One hit the embassy dining facility. There are unconfirmed reports circulating on social media that some people were injured. Khataib Hezbollah (or, less likely, another Iran-backed militia group) can be presumed guilty. This may be an attack that requires a response – or if not this one, the next one.  If we mount another Soleimani-level response, we need to ensure our main bases in Iraq are protected by Patriot batteries.]

Three rockets slammed into the US embassy in Iraq’s capital on Sunday in the first direct hit reported after months of close calls, as thousands of protesters kept up anti-government sit-ins across the country.

The attack marked a dangerous escalation in the spree 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.

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On Sunday, one rocket hit an embassy cafeteria at dinner time while two others landed nearby, a security source told AFP.

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