U.S. Embassy in Baghdad came under rocket attack

An anti-missile system repelled an attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. It was reported by the agency SHAFAQ on Thursday, July 8.

Two rockets were fired at the territory of the embassy. According to the TV channel Al-Ghad, the air defense managed to shoot down one of them, the other fell outside the closely guarded “green zone” of Baghdad, where, along with other diplomatic missions is located the U.S. Embassy.

Earlier, a security source told the SHAFAQ news agency that the missile defense system on the territory of the Embassy was activated due to the suspicion of an unknown object, presumably a drone, in the sky above the diplomatic mission.

On Wednesday, July 7, a missile was fired at the Iraqi military base of Ain al-Assad, which is used by the international anti-terrorist coalition forces led by the United States. At least seven rockets were fired at Ain al-Asad, located in Iraq’s Anbar province, and landed both inside the base and on its perimeter, the Al-Sumaria television channel reported, citing a security source.

Two U.S. servicemen were wounded in the shelling of the airbase.

On January 5, 2020, the Iraqi parliament voted by a majority in favor of withdrawing foreign troops from the country and in favor of revising the format of cooperation with the U.S.-led anti-terrorist coalition.

These measures were a response to the U.S. operation near Baghdad airport, which resulted in the killing of an Iranian general and commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps special unit Qasem Suleimani and the deputy head of the Iraqi Shiite militia Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis on the night of January 3 of that year.