US Embassy in Baghdad Attacked by Rockets

  • In a statement, Iraqi security forces talk about five rockets in the Green Zone but do not mention the American embassy.
  • On Friday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Baghdad to call for American troops to leave Iraq.
  • Last Wednesday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, met with the Iraqi head of state, Barham Salih, in Davos, Switzerland.

Three rockets hit the United States embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sunday, leaving at least one person injured. A security source told the AFP news agency on Sunday that one rocket hit an embassy cafeteria during dinner time, while two other rockets landed nearby.

The Green Zone was the most common name for the International Zone of Baghdad. Its official name beginning under the Iraqi Interim Government was the International Zone, though Green Zone remains the most commonly used term.

The embassy is located in Baghdad’s Green Zone, which houses government buildings and other diplomatic offices, and is normally considered a safe area of ​​the Iraqi capital. According to Al Arabiya, Iraqi security forces issued a statement stating that five rockets hit the Green Zone on Sunday, but did not mention anything to do with the U.S. embassy.

In a statement broadcast on state television, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, in his first comments on the attacks on the Green Zone, said that “the continued irresponsible, unilateral behavior harms the higher interests of the country and its relations with its friends.” He added that Baghdad was committed to protecting all the diplomatic missions in Iraq, and was taking all necessary measures to achieve that.

Demonstrations

Muqtada al-Sadr is an Iraqi Shia cleric, politician and militia leader. He is the leader of the Sadrist Movement and the leader of Saraya al-Salam, a Shia militia that is a reformation of the previous militia he led during the American occupation of Iraq, the Mahdi Army.

On Friday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Baghdad to call for American troops to leave Iraq. The protest, which brought together supporters of cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, took place weeks after the American attack that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital.

The presence of Americans in the country has become more contested since the incident, which raised fears of a possible war between the United States and Iran. Days before the attack that killed Soleimani, dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters had invaded the United States embassy complex in Baghdad.

Trump, Salih Conversation

Last Wednesday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, met with the Iraqi head of state, Barham Salih, in Davos, Switzerland, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. They talked about the future of the American mission in the country. According to Salih, there will be a reduction in the number of American troops. Currently, about 5,000 US soldiers are in Iraq. Americans were invited in 2014 by the Baghdad government to help fight Islamic State.

After Soleimani’s death, Iraq’s parliament converged and approved the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. Trump then threatened to impose economic sanctions on the country, but on Wednesday he adopted a more conciliatory tone. He said the number of troops in the country today is much lower than at the time of the occupation, between 2003 and 2011.

‘We’re down to 5,000. So we’re down to a very low number, historically low, and we’ll see what happens,” said Trump. When asked about sanctions, he remained non-committal and replied: “We’ll see what happens.”

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Vincent otegno

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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