Four missiles launched at the US embassy in Baghdad (Video)

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  • Authorities confirmed that four missiles were launched at the US embassy in Baghdad.
  • The area where the US embassy is located houses the diplomatic missions and the headquarters of the allied Iraqi government.
  • Shocking videos show the moment the missiles were launched at the US embassy.

A shocking video that makes your skin crawl. At least four missiles were fired at the US Embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Thursday, two Iraqi security officials said. The area is home to diplomatic missions and the seat of the Iraqi government.

Three of the missiles struck within the perimeter of the US embassy, ​​the officials said. Another hit a school located in a nearby residential complex. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, reported foxnews at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Friday, January 14.

Missile attack on US embassy confirmed

US embassy

An Iraqi military statement said a girl and a woman were injured in the attack in which the missiles were launched at the US Embassy, ​​without offering further details. The statement said the rockets had been launched from the Dora neighborhood in Baghdad, Fox News reported.

The US embassy in Baghdad confirmed in a statement that its compound had been attacked by “terrorist groups seeking to undermine the security, sovereignty and international relations of Iraq,” according to reports from Fox News and the news agency AP news.

Dramatic videos of the missile attack on the US embassy (click on the image)

US embassy

The US embassy’s C-RAM defense system in Baghdad, which is designed to detect and destroy incoming rockets, artillery and mortar shells in the air, was heard during the attack. In fact, some videos posted on the YouTube channel of NBCnews and on the Instagram showed the harrowing moment the missiles were intercepted in the area.

Fox News indicated that the bombing on Thursday, January 13, is the latest in a series of rocket and drone attacks that have targeted the area where the US presence is in Iraq since the beginning of the year, following the second anniversary of the US attack that killed Iranian general Qassim Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

They seek revenge for the death of an Iranian general

US embassy

Last Thursday Fox News mentioned a series of attacks targeted US troops in Iraq and Syria. On that occasion, the rockets hit an Iraqi military base housing US troops in the western province of Anbar and in the capital.

Pro-Iranian Shiite factions in Iraq have vowed revenge for the assassination of Iranian general Qassim Soleimani, detailed the Fox News report published on Friday.

Attack on the US embassy in Baghdad could happen again

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The US-led coalition last month formally ended its combat mission in support of Iraqi forces in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State group. About 2,500 soldiers will remain while the coalition goes on an advisory mission to continue supporting Iraqi forces, Fox News explained.

The top US commander for the Middle East, Marine General Frank McKenzie, warned in an interview with The Associated Press last month that attacks on US and Iraqi personnel by Iranian-backed militias are expected to increase, determined to extricate US forces from the siege.

The power of Iran

The might of Iran
A man displays a banner with anti-US slogans in front of Zolfaghar (top), Dezful (bottom) and Qiam (bottom left) missiles, during a weapons display by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Friday. January 7, 2022, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran displayed three ballistic missiles at an open-air prayer plaza in central Tehran last Friday as talks in Vienna to revive the nuclear pact between the Islamic Republic and world powers falter. The missiles called Dezful, Qiam and Zolfaghar and with an official range of up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) were already known models, the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard reported, according to AP on January 7.

Diplomats from the countries still in the historic 2015 deal — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — are working with Tehran to revive the pact, which sought to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for trade, the statement said.

When did the relationship between the US and Iran collapse?

When did the relationship between the US and Iran collapse?
Supporters and members of the Popular Mobilization Forces carry out a protest in Baghdad on Saturday, January 1, 2022 on the anniversary of the assassination of Iranian general Qassim Soleimani and the deputy commander of that armed group, in a drone attack launched by the United States. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The United States was present in Vienna, but its diplomatic delegation was not in direct contact with the Iranian one. The deal collapsed in 2018 when the then President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington and reimposed sanctions against Iran.

According to a report by Iranian state television, the exposed missiles are of the same type used to attack bases occupied by the United States in Iraq long ago. The exhibit coincided with the second anniversary of actions against the US presence in Iraq in response to a US drone strike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad in 2020.

The tragic mistake of the Iranian army that cost more than 100 lives

The tragic mistake of the Iranian army that cost more than 100 lives
In this file photo, a group of people take part in a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of a Ukrainian plane crash, outside the Amri Kabir University, in Tehran, Iran, January 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Days later, the Iranian military mistakenly shot down a Ukraine International Airlines plane with two surface-to-air missiles, killing all 176 people on board. Following initial denials, the Guard publicly apologized and blamed a defense air traffic controller who authorities say mistook the Boeing 737-800 for a US cruise missile.

According to the Iranian state television, Tehran’s main cemetery hosted a ceremony of remembrance for the victims of the plane crash attended by relatives and authorities, the AP news agency reported last week.

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