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BAGHDAD: A volley of rockets landed near the US embassy in the Iraqi capital Baghdad Sunday, two security sources told AFP, in the latest unclaimed attack on American installations in the country.
AFP reporters heard loud thuds emanating from the western bank of the Tigris, where the US embassy and most other foreign diplomatic missions are located.
One security source said three Katyusha rockets hit near the high-security compound while another said as many as five struck the area.
Three out of five rockets fired on Sunday directly hit the US embassy in Iraq's capital Baghdad, a security source told AFP, including one that slammed into a cafeteria at dinner time.
The US embassy did not immediately respond to AFP's requests for comment, but a statement by Iraqi security forces earlier Sunday said there were no casualties in the attack.
Neither the Pentagon nor the State Department have made public any reports of injuries and have not returned requests from CNN for comment on the incident.
Three rockets slammed into the US embassy in Iraq's capital on Sunday in the first direct hit reported after months of close calls, as thousands kept up anti-government sit-ins across the country.
The attack marked a dangerous escalation in the spree of rocket attacks in recent months that have targeted the embassy or Iraqi military bases where American troops are deployed.
None of the attacks has been claimed but Washington has repeatedly blamed Iran-backed military factions in Iraq.
Three out of five rockets fired on Sunday directly hit the US embassy in Iraq's capital, a security source has said - including one that slammed into a cafe at dinner time.
The diplomatic mission, which lies in Baghdad's high-security Green Zone, has been regularly hit by rockets in recent months.
Sunday's attack took place earlier in the day than usual and it was the first time a direct hit was reported. Iraq's security forces had earlier reported no casualties.
This is the first time the compound has been hit directly in years and comes just weeks after pro-Iranian militia members and their supporters assaulted the compound in Iraq.
our ‘secret weapons’ would be overkill
originally posted by: LookingAtMars
a reply to: smurfy
I don't think we should be there or anywhere else, really.
Close or move the bases to the US. It would be great for the US economy.
If the US made some of it secret weapons public with a few demonstrations. No country would think about crossing us. If they did, we can defend ourselves from within the US. Today's US military does not need to be in other countries anymore to protect the US, IMO.
WASHINGTON — Three rockets struck the US Embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, a US official told CNN.
The official said one person was injured in the attack, but that the injury was minor and the individual had since returned to duty.
A State Department spokesperson said Sunday evening that they “are aware of reports of rockets landing in the International Zone,” but did not address the US embassy itself. The State Department did not respond to a query as to whether any embassy employees were injured.