The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said on Thursday that it was attacked by terrorists in one of several recent efforts against the U.S. in Iraq.
“The U.S. Embassy compound was attacked this evening by terrorist groups attempting to undermine Iraq’s security, sovereignty and international relations,” the embassy said.
“We have long said that these sorts of reprehensible attacks are an assault not just on diplomatic facilities, but on the sovereignty of Iraq itself.”
… that these sorts of reprehensible attacks are an assault not just on diplomatic facilities, but on the sovereignty of Iraq itself. 2/2
— U.S. Embassy Baghdad (@USEmbBaghdad) January 13, 2022
At least four rockets were fired near the embassy, with one hitting a nearby school, according to an Associated Press report.
The recent attacks began on Jan. 3 to mark the second anniversary of the death of Iran Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the Trump administration in 2020.
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad confirmed that terrorist groups attacked the compound Thursday evening. https://t.co/OyQ8XJ4IeW
— Newsmax (@newsmax) January 14, 2022
Though the U.S. is no longer officially deployed to Iraq, approximately 2,500 troops remain in the nation.
The increase in attacks may also signal concerns regarding Iran as the nation continues its plan to build a nuclear weapon and ramps up threats against Israel and the U.S.