The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, was attacked on Sunday night, Fox News reported.
According to a message published by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Twitter, “there was some minor damage on the Embassy compound but no injuries or casualties.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, clarified that there was at least one Iraqi civilian casualty, according to Reuters.
Who did it?
The Iraqi military released a statement blaming the attack on “an outlawed group,” Fox reported. The outlaws were likely an Iran-backed militia, although no specific group has been confirmed to be responsible.
According to the military’s statement, the group launched eight rockets targeting Iraq’s Green or International Zone, the heavily fortified area of Baghdad that was occupied by Americans during the 2003 invasion. Journalist Joyce Karam reported that the attack was a barrage of “Katyusha Rockets and mortar shells.”
The American military deployed its counter rocket, artillery, and mortar defense system in response. A video posted by Karam shows the C-RAM being deployed and intercepting some of the incoming rockets.
An alarming trend
According to the Washington Examiner, this is the third attack in Iraq against either the U.S. military or the United State’s diplomatic infrastructure since October.
The Examiner reported: “One attack in November left one woman dead after rockets slammed into the U.S. Embassy and other parts of Baghdad. Earlier this month, two convoys transporting logistical equipment for the U.S.-led coalition helping Iraqi troops fight militants were hit with roadside bombs.”
This comes after an airstrike the United States launched in early January that killed terrorist Qassem Soleimani, the former general of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
In a statement to Fox News, a U.S. official in Baghdad condemned the attacks.
“As we have said many times, these sorts of attacks on diplomatic facilities are a violation of international law and are a direct assault on the sovereignty of the Iraqi government,” the official said. “We call on all Iraqi political and governmental leaders to take steps to prevent such attacks and hold accountable those responsible.
The U.S. has threatened in the past to remove its embassy from Baghdad if the Iraqi government doesn’t get the pro-Iran militias under control, reports noted.