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US embassy in Baghdad attacked with 7 mortars

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Published: 16:00, 9 December 2023   Update: 16:30, 9 December 2023
US embassy in Baghdad attacked with 7 mortars

Approximately seven mortar rounds landed in the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad during an attack early on Friday, a U.S. military official confirmed. 

It appears to be one of the largest attacks against the embassy in recent memory.

It also marked the first time the U.S. embassy had been fired on in more than a year, apparently widening the range of targets after dozens of attacks on military bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria since mid-October amid fears of broadening conflict in the region.

No group claimed responsibility, but previous attack against U.S. forces have been carried out by Iran-aligned militias which have targeted U.S. interests in Syria and Iraq over Washington’s backing for Israel in its Gaza war.

The U.S. military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, left open the possibility that more projectiles were fired at the embassy compound but did not land within it.

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The official added that the attack caused very minor damage but no injuries.

Explosions were heard near the embassy, in the center of the capital, at about 4 a.m. on Friday. Sirens calling on people to take cover were activated.

State media said the attack damaged the headquarters of an Iraqi security agency.

(With inputs from agencies)

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