The US Embassy in Baghdad went on alert on Sunday after at least eight rockets rained down on the heavily-defended Green Zone district in the centre of the capital, injuring one Iraqi soldier and damaging multiple buildings and vehicles. No injuries or casualties were reported among Embassy staff or security personnel.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused “Iran-backed militias” of responsibility for the Green Zone attack, and demanded that “these violent and corrupt criminals…cease their destabilising actions”.
Earlier, Kata’ib Hezbollah – the Iran-affiliated, Iraqi-government allied Shia militia which joined the Popular Mobilisation Forces militia coalition to fight Daesh (ISIS)*, similarly condemned the Green Zone attack, with the group’s leader Qais al-Khazali saying that “the decision of the Iraqi Resistance Coordination Commission is not to target the US Embassy in the first place”.
“It is our right to liberate our country and avenge our martyrs, but we specify the time to respond and it is not far away,” al-Khazali said.
The Iraqi government called the incident a “terrorist act” which “endangers the security and lives of innocent citizens and their property”, and undermines the state’s…