U.S. embassy in Baghdad targeted with multiple rockets in first such attack since mid-October
BAGHDAD — On Tuesday evening, several rockets targeted the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad a month after a truce was declared by pro-Iranian militias following Washington’s announcement of a partial withdrawal of its forces from Iraq.
According police and medical sources, several Iraqi civilians were wounded by a rocket that landed on a street outside the “Green Zone”.
Iraqi sources confirmed that the Ashab al-Kahf militia was responsible for the operation after arresting and questioning a number of its members in Fallujah.
Pro-Iranian Iraqi militias had announced in mid-October that they would not target the U.S. embassy provided that Washington announces the withdrawal of all of its forces from the country by the end of the year.
While U.S. President Donald Trump has pushed forward with abandoning the embassy in Baghdad and a partial drawdown of U.S. forces in the country, it would be unfeasible for the 3,000 U.S. military personnel, not to mention the contractors who support them, to exit Iraq by the end of the year, notwithstanding the desirability of such a move.