Posted in: 01/26/2020 - 22:37Last updated: 01/26/2020 - 22:37
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The headquarters of the American embassy in Baghdad. January 7, 2020. :copyright: Reuters.
Iraqi security sources announced that three of the five missiles that targeted Sunday evening the Green Zone in central Baghdad had fallen directly inside the headquarters of the American embassy, and one of them hit the restaurant at dinner time.
Three of the five rockets that targeted the Green Zone in central Baghdad, Sunday, fell directly inside the headquarters of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , and one of them hit the restaurant at dinner time, according to a security source.
The Iraqi security authorities had previously indicated that no injuries had been recorded.
The American diplomatic mission has been subject to several missile attacks in recent months, but Sunday's attack, the second in a week, was earlier than usual.
Although this is the first time that a direct hit has been announced, a US official said that the missiles that targeted the US embassy on January 21 "landed near the deputy ambassador's house."
In a statement, the resigned Iraqi Prime Minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, condemned "the fall of a number of Katyusha rockets inside the campus of the American embassy." He added, "We deplore the continuation of these condemned and outlaw acts that weaken the state and violate its sovereignty and the sanctity of the diplomatic missions on its soil."
Abdul-Mahdi described the firing of the missiles as a "unilateral, not responsible" act, which "could drag Iraq into a battlefield, especially at a time when the government started measures to implement the House’s decision to withdraw foreign forces from the country."
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