Missile child and a woman were wounded in the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Thursday from a series of rocket launchers, the Iraqi army said.
The announcement did not mention much detail about the evening attack, it only revealed that one of the rockets crashed into a school. Nor is it known whether the woman and the child were in school.
The Iraqi army told Reuters in a separate statement that two to three missiles could have been fired at the embassy and at least two projectiles had been destroyed by the diplomatic mission’s anti-missile system, the MTI writes.
In recent years, dozens, and earlier this year, have already carried out attacks on bases and diplomatic facilities used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria as well. In the background, militias with Iranian support are suspected. The attacks so far have caused little damage.
This year, a wave of incidents began on the second anniversary of Kassim Suleiman’s death. On January 3, 2020, the United States liquidated Suleiman, the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard al-Kudite elite unit in Baghdad, with a drone attack. Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, one of the leaders of the Iraqi-backed Shiite militia, an Iranian-backed People’s Mobilization Force, was also killed in the attack. Iran had already vowed to take revenge.
Tehran has significant influence over Iraq and Syria through the Revolutionary Guard’s foreign operations and militias linked to the Islamic Republic.