- Rocket Attack Targets U.S. Embassy in Iraq
by – The Washington Times – Sunday, May 19, 2019, https://www.washingtontimes.com/
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was the target of a rocket attack late Sunday, days after the Trump White House ordered American diplomatic personnel to pull out of the country.
Iraqi military officials confirmed Sunday a single Katyusha rocket landed near the parade grounds inside the heavily-fortified Green Zone in the Iraqi capital, which is home to the U.S. embassy as well as the main headquarters for the American-led coalition battling the Islamic State. But eyewitnesses claim a second rocket also landed inside the Green Zone, according to unconfirmed reports.
No casualties were reported and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the first against a U.S. diplomatic post in Iraq since the American mission in the southern port city of Basra was hit last September.
“We are aware of an explosion in the International Zone outside of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on May 19. There were no U.S. or coalition casualties, and Iraqi Security Forces are investigating the incident,” Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command spokesman said in a statement Sunday night.