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US Embassy dining hall in Baghdad hit by rocket

January 26, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was struck by at least one rocket Sunday evening in the latest attack on American targets in Iraq, a senior U.S. official confirmed to Fox News.

 

The official spoke on condition of anonymity. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

 

Former Deputy Prime Minister Hoshyar Zebari blamed the rocket attack on an “unruly militia.”

 

“The Embassy restaurant or canteen was damaged and burned. This is a very dangerous game by #PMF uncontrolled factions to galvanize the tense situation. It must stop,” he tweeted, referring to the Popular Mobilization Forces, an Iranian-backed militia in Iraq.

 

Separately, five Katyusha rockets crashed into a riverbank in the city's Green Zone without causing any injuries or serious damages, a statement from U.S. Joint Operations Command said.

 

Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi condemned the rocket attack that targeted the U.S. Embassy. In a statement, he asserted Iraq's commitment to "protecting all diplomatic missions."

 

The city has been on edge after hundreds of anti-government protesters flooded the streets on Sunday, defying a powerful religious leader who recently withdrew his support from the popular movement.

 

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