Rocket strike reported near U.S. Embassy in Baghdad

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Three rockets struck near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Monday, according to multiple reports, making it the third rocket attack in Iraq against Western targets within a week.

Iraqi Security Forces announced that three rockets fell in the Iraqi-controlled Green Zone and destroyed four vehicles, but did not result in casualties. Security Forces also reported that Baghdad Operations Command found missile launchers.

The rockets, according to reports, were of the Katyusha variety.

Monday’s rocket attack follows one that happened Saturday night, when at least four rockets hit Balad Air Base and wounded one person. According to Politico, the U.S. defense company Sallyport has a presence at the base and is contracted to provide support to Iraq’s fleet of U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets.

Moreover, about a dozen rockets last week struck coalition forces outside Erbil International Airport, killing one non-U.S. contractor and injuring nine other individuals, including five Americans.

Despite the Shia militia group that took credit for the first attack being widely known for having close ties to Tehran, as Politico pointed out, the Biden administration has refrained from pointing fingers.

U.S. officials, according to the publication, said the intelligence does not yet point to a clear culprit and indicated they would let the Iraqis spearhead the investigation and any military response.

Local reporters, per American Military News, have posted photos to Twitter of what appear to be burning cars that were hit by the latest attack.

One unconfirmed video seems to show black smoke rising from the site of the attack, with the video’s tweet claiming the smoke is coming from inside the U.S. Embassy’s compound.

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