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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.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 26, 2020
— Martin Patience (@martinpatience) January 26, 2020
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).
Senior #US Defence official confirm that Katyusha rocket hit the #Embassy dining facility tonight. Decline comment on injuries but say there were no deaths. First time the embassy has actually been hit in a very long time. #AAM already released statement.
— Nafiseh Kohnavard (@nafisehkBBC) January 26, 2020
NEW: Three rockets hit the US embassy in Baghdad, damage reported to the dining facility.
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— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) January 26, 2020
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.