There have been reports of small rockets hitting near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. U.S. military and Iraqi officials confirmed the incident happened around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, local time.
Iraqi officials said two small rockets struck within the U.S. Embassy compound, while a separate rocket exploded outside a coalition military base. The assault sent warning sirens blaring across the diplomatic compound but it was unclear what was hit and how many rockets made impact. There were no casualties and only minor damage, a US military spokesman said.
It was the 19th such attack since October to target either the embassy, or the roughly 5,200 US troops stationed alongside local forces across Iraq. The attacks are never claimed but the US has pointed the finger at Iran-backed groups within the Hashed al-Shaabi, a military network officially incorporated into Iraq’s state security forces.
Last week, U.S. officials reported one rocket hit an Iraqi military base in Kirkuk, which is host to coalition troops.
While things seem to have ratcheted down somewhat since the U.S. killed top Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani back in January, these attacks could represent continued tensions between Iran and President Trump’s administration.
Details remain sketchy as US military and Iraqi officials delve into the reasons behind the he attack, and work to determine who is responsible.