BAGHDAD: Several rockets were fired toward the US Embassy’s tightly guarded Green Zone in Baghdad on Friday morning, according to two security sources. It was unclear where the rockets struck and whether any damage resulted.
Around 4 a.m. on Friday, explosions were heard close to the embassy in the capital of Iraq, and sirens warning people to “duck and cover” were activated, according to social media footage from the area that was confirmed by a reliable source.
Requests for response from embassy spokespeople were not immediately answered.
Whether the air defense systems at the embassy were turned on was not immediately apparent.
Since mid-October, an umbrella group of armed Iraqi Shiite Muslim groups has claimed responsibility for more than 70 strikes against US personnel at military locations in Syria and Iraq; nevertheless, diplomatic missions have escaped unharmed.
Regarding Friday’s attack on the US embassy, no group quickly took credit for it.