U.S. embassy in Iraq hit by rocket attack
At least three people have been injured in a missile attack on the U.S. embassy located in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on January 26, Iraq’s Alsumaria TV reported citing sources in Iraqi security services.
It is not yet revealed what citizenship does the injured persons hold.
Yesterday evening, five missiles were launched at Baghdad’s Green Zone - a well-fortified district in the center of the city where government buildings and foreign diplomatic missions are situated. Three missiles directly landed at the US embassy premises, one of them hit the canteen building where dinner was served at that moment, the AFP reported.
After the incident, acting Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi ordered national security forces to take every measure to prevent similar attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad. He blasted the strike as an "irresponsible act committed by separate individuals", underlining that this attack "can lead to serious consequences."
Deputy head of the Council of the Russian Diplomats Association Andrei Baklanov, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza, expects no reliable information on the organizers of this strike will be available. "There are quite long chains in the preparation of such acts, they are often carried out with provocative goals. I have some serious doubts about who takes responsibility for such attacks or who they point to," he explained.
Moreover, in general, the aggravation of contradictions in Iraq requires the creation of an international settlement format. "We should be prepared for the fact that additional efforts will be required, perhaps in the form of an international forum with regional and non-regional players in order to help improve the situation in Iraq. So far, there is no such format, and the existing institutions are not working effectively on the Iraq issue," Andrei Baklanov emphasized.