While everyone else is focused on the death of Kobe Bryant, it looks like Iran has struck the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. From Bloomberg News:
Five Katyusha rockets were fired at the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad Sunday night, targeting the U.S. embassy compound there, Iraq’s security forces reported.
No injuries were reported but one of the rockets directly hit the embassy building itself.
Attacks against the Green Zone and the U.S. embassy in Baghdad by Iran-linked militia groups have increased in recent months, especially after the U.S. airstrike earlier this month that killed Iran’s top commander Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Iran-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah.
Outgoing Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi condemned the attack, vowing to protect the diplomatic missions in the country.
Hopefully there won’t be any serious injuries or casualties from the attack.
We suspected that Iran would not be satisfied with the missile attack after Trump authorized a drone strike on General Soleimani. I wouldn’t be surprised if this wasn’t the end of the retaliation either. And how will Trump respond?
UPDATE 7:20PM EST:
This is from an Al-Jazeera journalist:
Could be really important, or not at all. We will find out soon.
UPDATE 8PM EST:
Rockets have struck the US Embassy in Baghdad - its dining facility has been hit but the extent of the injuries/damage still unclear. This is a significant escalation that has prompted immediate condemnation from the PM. It could very easily set off another round of conflict.— Ranj Alaaldin (@RanjAlaaldin) January 26, 2020
I’m seeing a report of casualties, but not from a trustworthy source, best to wait on that one.
UPDATE 8:20PM EST:
AFP is reporting one injury so far.