Missile Strikes Near US Embassy in Baghdad Again
Since the killing of Iranian General Soleimani, attacks on US bases have been increasing.
Several rockets have struck again near the US embassy in Iraq. The five storeys hit a river bank on the highly secured so-called Green Zone in Baghdad, the US military command said. According to Iraqi security circles, one of the missiles landed inside the embassy compound. At least three people were injured, according to a report by the Iraqi news site Al-Sumaria. US broadcaster CNN reported minor damage, citing a US government official.
It was the third such attack since the United States killed top Iranian general Kassem Soleimani. So far, it has not been clear who is responsible. Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi condemned the attack and stressed that his government would protect all diplomatic missions in the country.
In recent weeks, missiles have repeatedly struck near bases where Iraqi troops are based in Iraq. A possible background is retaliation by Iran for the killing of General Kassem Soleimani by the USA. The suspicion is mostly directed against Shiite militias that are allied with neighbouring Iran. Like Iran, they want US troops to be withdrawn from the country.
The European states relocated its armies. Germany has moved its soldiers from Erbil in northern Iraq to Jordan because of the tensions between Iran and the United States. From there, they have long supported international military action against the radical Islamic terrorist militia "Islamic State". The German army, Bundeswehr, also halted its reconnaissance flights flown from Jordan.