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Three rockets have hit the United States Embassy in Baghdad.

Three Katyusha rockets hit inside the compound while as many as five others landed in the area surrounding it, according to reports. American defense officials said that no one was killed in the attack, but some were wounded.

One rocket hit an embassy cafeteria at dinner time while two others landed nearby, a security source said.

It is unclear how severe the injuries are. A U.S. official told CNN that one rocket hit the embassy’s dining facility, causing damage but no fatalities.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi condemned the rocket attack and ordered Iraqi security forces to “deploy, search, and investigate to prevent the recurrence of such attacks, and to arrest those who launched these rockets so that they can be punished.”

The US embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but a statement by Iraqi security forces earlier in the evening said told AFP there were no casualties.

The attack took place earlier in the day than usual, with bombs being heard on the western bank of the river Tigris at precisely 7:30 pm (1630 GMT).

The strike comes after a similar attack on Jan. 20 when three Katyusha rockets fell near the U.S. Embassy. No injuries were reported in that incident.

A similar attack on a northern Iraqi base killed an American contractor, and the US retaliated with a strike on an Iran-backed faction known as Kataeb Hezbollah.

Tension in the Middle East has escalated in recent weeks since top Iranian general and terror leader Qassem Soleimani orchestrated a violent protest outside of the American Embassy in Baghdad. The United States responded with a drone strike on Jan. 2 that killed Soleimani.

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6 Comments
  • Matt says:

    Retaliations should be 1 missile on the embassy, 10 missiles on Iran-backed targets. Make them start to resent Iran.

  • Dusty says:

    Iran is asking for some real serious attacks if they keep up this trying to kill our people. We do not want to attack the citizens who we know want to be free. Yet if they keep up these rockets then we will not sit by. So either stand down or get ready. This President does not play around.

  • Mary Johnson says:

    This is an act of war and it is not the US doing this but the ones firing rockets at the US embassy. Make no mistake they will say it was the US but the US is not the ones firing the rockets.

  • ken mazikowski says:

    I understand that the host country is responsible for security protection of the guest
    Embassy. Why isn’t the press complaining about this and the State Department should be protesting to the responsible Iraqi Officials?

  • Frank Campo says:

    Why don’t we quit screwing around and just do everyone a favor and wipe these people off the face of the earth?

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