Rockets Fired Towards US Embassy In Baghdad
Rockets were reportedly fired towards the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq on Monday in the third attack within a week aimed at U.S. diplomatic or military installations.
Three rockets were reportedly aimed towards the U.S. Embassy located in the Green Zone, an area which is home to a multitude of foreign embassies and government buildings, according to the Daily Mail.
Rockets target US embassy in Iraqi capital:
The attack is the third in a week to target Western diplomatic, military or commercial installations across Iraq after months of relative calm pic.twitter.com/k5nHPtkPzF
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) February 22, 2021
One of the rockets reportedly fell in the area of the Green Zone, while the other two fell in surrounding neighborhood areas, according to the Daily Mail. (RELATED: US Embassy In Baghdad Targeted In Rocket Attack, Pompeo Blames Iran-Backed Militias)
In one of many recent attacks, four rockets hit the Balad Air Base on Saturday, an Iraqi Air Force base located in Balad, Iraq which houses U.S. military personnel and contractors, the Middle East Eye reported.
Four rockets fired at Balad Air Base: Iraqi militaryhttps://t.co/OXcCQdx5IO
— Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) February 20, 2021
Another rocket attack on the Iraqi airbase located in Erbil, Iraq left one non-U.S. civilian contractor dead and five other injured, including Iraqi security officers and U.S. service members, Politico reported.
Initial reports that Indirect Fire landed on Coalition Forces in Erbil tonight. There was 1 civilian contractor killed, 5 civilian contractors injured and 1 US service member injured. More information to follow.
— OIR Spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto (@OIRSpox) February 15, 2021
The attack on the Erbil airbase marked the first hostile attack on U.S. military forces and installations since President Joe Biden was inaugurated.
In Feb. 2020, the United States signed a peace deal with the Taliban aimed at drastically reducing the numbers of service members in the region. In November, former President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Christopher Miller, the former Acting Secretary of Defense under the Trump Administration previously promised that the United States would decrease its military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 troops by Jan. 15, a promise which was fulfilled, CNBC reported.