According to reports, a rocket attack struck the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, with at least one rocket hitting a dining hall located in the diplomatic compound.
A senior Iraqi official reportedly told AFP that three rockets struck the area, one hitting the dining hall in the Green Zone, and a U.S. official also confirmed that account. Unconfirmed reports have indicated that at least one person was injured.
The US embassy did not immediately comment. It was not clear if anyone had been injured in the strike.
The head Republican on the House Foreign Affairs committee called the acts “unacceptable.”
“Violent acts against our diplomatic facilities are simply unacceptable,” Rep. Michael McCaul wrote on Twitter.
“We must ensure the safety of American diplomats, troops and other Americans in Iraq.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi and Speaker of Parliament Mohammed Halbusi both condemned the incident, according to AFP.
Tensions in the region have been high after a series of strikes, including one the killed head of the Iranian Quds Force Qasem Soleimani.
“I am closely monitoring reports of a rocket attack targeting the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Violent acts against our diplomatic facilities are simply unacceptable. We must ensure the safety of American diplomats, troops and other Americans in Iraq.” -LR @RepMcCaul
— House Foreign Affairs GOP (@HouseForeignGOP) January 26, 2020
Many Americans agree that aggression against diplomatic facilities should not be tolerated in any shape or form and that terror-supporting regimes should be punished for such violent actions.
Recently, an enraged terrorist mob tried to storm the embassy, but the Unites States actual defense was swift and effective, unlike Benghazi.
“I heard the explosions and then the ‘take cover’ warning — the sirens that sound from the embassy,” NPR’s Jane Arraf reports from Baghdad. She adds, “This is a fairly regular occurrence, small rocket attacks or mortars fired into the Green Zone, but they very rarely actually hit the embassy. This one did.”
While the U.S. State Department has not released details about the attack, Iraqi officials say the mortars damaged a restaurant and a gym, Arraf says. She adds that the dining area was empty at the time – and that the embassy has effectively been under lockdown conditions, with only essential staff on duty.
Initial reports said Katyusha rockets were used in the attack, raising concerns of renewed tensions between the U.S. and Iran, as Tehran-backed militias often use those weapons. But a U.S. official later said mortars were used, a detail that suggests a broader range of groups could have been involved.