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Rockets target U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

Hundreds rally in Baghdad on Jan. 1, chanting anti-American slogans to mark the assassination anniversary of Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani. Associated Press/Photo by Khalid Mohammed

Rockets target U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

At least four rockets were fired at the American Embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Thursday. Two Iraqi security officials said three of the missiles struck within the embassy’s perimeter, while another hit a school in a residential complex nearby. The attack injured one woman and a girl, the officials said.

Who targeted the Embassy? No one immediately took responsibility for the attack, but pro-Iranian Shiite factions in Iraq have vowed to avenge the 2020 U.S. attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani. The U.S. government said the general was a key planner of Iran’s proxy wars and terrorist operations. Thursday’s attack is the latest in a string of rockets and drone targeted against the American presence in Iraq this year. A week ago, rockets also landed near an Iraqi military base in Anbar province that hosts American and international troops.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s report on an Iranian-backed militia’s assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad just over a year ago.

Kent Covington

Kent is a reporter and news anchor for WORLD Radio. He spent nearly two decades in Christian and news/talk radio before joining WORLD in 2012. He resides in Atlanta, Ga.



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